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La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (1973)

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(as Doo Kwang Gee),


(as Ngai Hong)
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Credited cast:
Chan Hung Liu ...
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Ingrid Wu ...
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Jason Pai Piao ...
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Raoul Curet ...
(voice) (as Raoul Cure)
Jacques Thébault ...
Michèle Grellier ...
Dominique Morin ...
Daniel Galle ...
Patrick Dewaere ...
Jean-Pierre Leroux ...
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
Michel Bardelet ...
Michel Elias ...
Dominique Page ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Li Chai Chung ...
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Little Boy: Why don't you leave me alone for once?
Little Girl: Why so nasty? Don't be like that. What have I ever done to you anyway?
Little Boy: You've kept your illusions about Castro. You're retarded. Leave me the fuck alone.
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A hilarious situationist comedy.
28 January 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I had the amazing opportunity to view this film at a university theatre at UC Berkeley where it had been subtitled by a student, which makes me wonder how accessible this film actually is, especially with a translation present. In any event, if you ever have the opportunity to see this masterpiece by the French situationists, you should definitely see it.

The story line is simple: a classic kung-fu movie has simply had the entire dialogue changed to represent the epic battle between the proletariats and the bureaucracy, with a martial arts school as the utopian commune. That idea alone is comic genius, and as if the idea wasn't funny enough, the writing is hilarious. For example, when a little girl runs away from her little boy friend, one of his friends comforts him and says something to the effect of, "Please forgive her for being a Marxist, she just doesn't know better."

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and it was definitely unique, but I also really think you would only enjoy it if you enjoy political satire and know a decent amount about different political viewpoints (and hopefully socialist history). I know a fair amount about these things, and half the jokes were still lost on me. In any event, this is an excellent intellectual comedy and I recommend it to anyone who might find it the least bit interesting.

Yes, dialectics can indeed break bricks!

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