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A 2010 action comedy directed by and starring the eminently watchable Jiang Wen as a bandit in the 1910s who steals himself the governorship of a town, if only he can free it from the influence of a gangster played by Chow Yun-Fat. At 132 minutes, it has a convoluted plot that never wants to end, but it works because this is essentially a huge series of Spy vs. Spy gags, as deception builds on deception in an often hilarious storm of words. The subtitles fly by at an incredible rate, leaving me to wonder if I should rewatch it with the dreaded English dub. But it's funny, and there are clever twists aplenty, and the action set pieces are quite fun as well. Its length did put off some viewers, but it's something I'd watch again to catch all the nuances I missed.

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