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Zhang Yimou remakes the Coen brothers' 'Blood Simple'

Zhang Yimou remakes the Coen brothers' 'Blood Simple'

In the autumn of 2008, China's best-known filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, found himself at a career crossroads.

The multiple Oscar nominee had spent the previous two years away from movies, orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies for Beijing's Olympics, an eye-popping $300-million extravaganza of pyrotechnics and synchronized acrobatics that wowed a global TV audience. And after a fabled three-decade career delivering such critically hailed films as "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Hero" (the most internationally successful Chinese film export to date), Zhang could greenlight almost any project he wanted, enjoying a Robert Pattinson-like media ubiquity and James...

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