While Hollywood is overrun with ill-advised remakes, few are quite as strange as Zhang Yimou's "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop."

While Hollywood is overrun with ill-advised remakes, few are quite as strange as Zhang Yimou's "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop."

It's a reworking of the Coen Brothers' 1984 take on noir, "Blood Simple." Only it's set in ancient China, and it starts off with a nice dose of Three Stooges slapstick.

If the whole thing sounds like a mess, well, it kind of is. But it's an oddly entertaining mess at that.

The zany and frenetic opening act is out of place, but it's still fun in the vein of Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"). After that, things get far more faithful to the Coens' cult classic.

It's a strange match, but it mostly works. I wish more remakes were so bold in reimagining the original.