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An action-comedy about a simple cook from Chandni Chowk mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient peasant warrior Liu Shengh by residents of an oppressed Chinese village.

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Credited cast:
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Sidhu / Liu Sheuyn
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Sakhi / Suzy 'Meow Meow' 'Miss TSM'
Mithun Chakraborty ...
Dada
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Chopstick
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Hojo (as Gordon Liu)
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Inspector Chiang Kohung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiran Juneja ...
Mrs. Kohung
Yuk-Ting Lau ...
(as Lau Yuk-Ting)
Jun Li ...
Wong
Chang En Lu ...
Han
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Joey
Ian Stevens ...
Buyer
Kevin Wu ...
Frankie
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Based in Delhi's Chandni Chowk, orphaned Sidhu is adopted by the owner of Bajrang Bali Parathas, known simply as Dada. Years later Sidhu has grown up and is an expert at slicing vegetables. When his Chinese friend and Philosopher, Chopstick, cons him into believing that he is the reincarnation of Liu Sheung, a slain Chinese revolutionary, Sidhu takes it upon himself to travel to the Zhange district where he will be forced to confront a deadly female assassin by the name of Suzy; be befriended by a semi-crazed beggar; and must face humiliation and possible death at the hands of the virtually indestructible Hojo. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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This Diwali, two great civilizations... will wish they had never met! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$629,921 (USA) (16 January 2009)

Gross:

$920,816 (USA) (6 February 2009)
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It also gives a nod to Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no samurai (1954) (as well as its Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven (1960)), which is about Japanese villagers hiring a group of swordsmen to fight off rampaging bandits. See more »

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Below the Greatwall there is a monument, which upon Sidhul's arrival was introduced by village leaders to be something like "the tombstone of Liu Sheng the great warrior". But actually what inscribed on the monuments actually means "The Greatwall: Keystone Historical Site of Hebei Province". See more »

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Sidhu: Dado Hojo! I'm going Chandni Chowk to China!
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Chandni Chowk to China
(DJ Amyth Mix)
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Performed by Akshay Kumar and Bohemia
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Full mind review: Chandni Chowk to China - Underrated
14 January 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Its way past the box office time, so this review is for buying DVD and watching it on TV.

Okay everyone, people say this film was bad but my friend said it wasn't. I didn't listen to her and didn't watch the film, but realized my mistake after watching it on TV.

I don't need to type the synopsis, I'll just write my opinion to it. Here's what my point of view says:- Their work - FIRST Indian martial arts film. I say it was well presented and a fresh idea. They shoot in China, used REAL Chinese (not stupid fake characters like in some movies) and good actors. Very impressive action scenes.

Story idea - As said, fresh idea. I really liked the theme. The reason why this film have flopped might be that the story is not very new and some things aren't too. BUT the only overused Martial arts theme typically are of some cop who fights a drug dealer or gangster as revenge for his family or something, this is similar too but not completely. Slapstick comedies, some hard parts and few might look meaningless, but as long its entertainment. But do blend together well and is fine as long you cut stupid things.

Acting - Akshay is good and maintains his comedy like always. I really liked Deepika in this film. She has a double roll (not a spoiler), and I personally liked the 2nd character she played. There's Ranvir Shorey who's fine and some unknown Chinese actors who're actually good.

Music - Minimal songs but catchy enough. Songs "From Chandi Chowk to China", "Tere Naina", "Sidhu theme" and "Fatte Chak Lende" are energetic and probably the only used songs and have good timings.

Direction - I don't know this director, but I don't find him bad. I don't why this film completely flopped. If 'Dhamaal' was a hit, then I supposed it to be at least an average grosser.

Verdict - 6 out of 10. Why? Because this isn't a serious film and 7+ ratings are for really meaningful ones. 6 is just fine and its good.

My opinion - I have seen this film like 5-6 times on TV and I always think what was that bad. If you're a fan of Akshay, Deepika, Martial Arts or just want a time-pass film, this is good for Home Video or even watching on internet. But AT LEAST watchable.


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