Cock and Bull | Chicago Reader

Cock and Bull

Like Pulp Fiction, this darkly comic gangster film consists of overlapping, interconnected stories, which allows director Cao Baoping to augment the larger narrative by doubling back to earlier events. In the opening episode an unassuming mechanic (Liu Ye of Dark Matter) is wrongly accused of having murdered a quarrelsome neighbor, and the cops give him 48 hours to find a likelier suspect; the second episode follows the punk (Duan Bowen) who stole the dead man's motorcycle, and the third involves a bumbling, nearsighted assassin (Zhang Yi) who chases both the motorcycle thief and the mechanic—the man he was hired to kill in the first place. Cao may not have Tarantino's bravura, but he does have his own style and attitude, conveyed in inventive low-angle shots and snide jabs at modern-day robber barons. In Mandarin with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Cao Baoping

Cast:

  • Liu Ye
  • Zhang Yi
  • Duan Bowen
  • Wang Ziwen
  • Tan Zhuo
  • Wang Yanhui
  • Yan Bei
  • Sun Lei

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