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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

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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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(as Nikhil Advani)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dada
... Sidhu
... Sakhi / Suzy
... Chopstick
... Inspector Chiang Kohung
... Hojo (as Gordon Liu)
Tang Tang Fei ... Liu Sheng
... Joey
Kevin Wu ... Frankie
Chang En Lu ... Villager Han
Jun Li ... Villager Wong
Jek ... Priest Koshu
Gauravv K. Chawla ... Palm Reader (as Gaurav Chawla)
Ina Vohra ... TV News Reporter
Rajesh ... Chandni Chowk Thugs
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Their village destroyed, they travelled in search of hope. They followed a prophecy to find their ancient warrior reborn. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Made in China  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$629,921, 18 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$921,738
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is similar to the comedy movies A Bug's Life (1998) and ¡Three Amigos! (1986), which is about out-of-work actors defending a town while thinking they're merely giving a performance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sidhu: Dado Hojo! I'm going Chandni Chowk to China!
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Connections

Features Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

India Se Aaya Mera Dost
Written by Rajat Arora and Shaily Shailendra
Composed by Bappa Lahiri
Performed by Bappi Lahiri and Ravi Khanvilkar
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Its like a chowmien gone bad...
16 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie for those who've had 6 beers (or an equivalent amount of alcohol), or for kids (and those similarly intellectually inclined) or those who are fans of the mindless timepass genre, where you leave your brains at home, land up for the movie and then giggle aimlessly for the next three hours.

All others, like me, will find this movie a disaster. And the sad thing is that they had an interesting premise – a Chinese village, suffering from a tyrant, finds out that they can be freed by an ancient warrior who has been reborn in India. But then its almost as if the 'brains' behind the film decided to see how much they could dumb it down, how much unnecessary slapstick & nautanki they could throw in, how complicated (actually that's too soft a word, convoluted is probably better) they could make the plot. How many films could they 'borrow' from – there are shades of Mr Natwarlal, Goldfinger and most old Hindi movies, with the whole twins separated at birth, amnesiac father et all. And in general, how far away from reality could they go… If it weren't for Akshay, who still comes through with at least his acting reputation intact, if not his judgement, the rating would be even lower. Deepika is OK, looks good as always. Most others, well actually I'm being unfair on the actors as they were probably doing what they were told. And the songs were in keeping with the rest of the film. Effects, scenery and cinematography is decent. Fight sequences are OK OK - again too far away from reality for me to enjoy, they've almost created a real-life version of Kungfu Panda.

I actually had high expectations from this one (because the premise was interesting) and maybe that's why I'm so disappointed. I laughed only once or twice throughout the film, most other times I was cringing, or holding my head in my hands. The audience was 50-50, a few walking out in the interval, despite having paid Rs 260 per ticket and some others laughing every time the director intended them to. They're actually planning a sequel to this, but despite being set in Africa, a herd of wildebeest couldn't drag me to that one…


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