Chicken and Duck Talk

Film, Comedy
Cantonese comedy generally doesn't travel too well, but Michael Hui's comeback movie (he made a series of Tashlin-esque classics in the '70s) would be a riot in any context. Hui plays the stingy, stupid and backward-looking proprietor of a traditional duck restaurant; his meagre turnover plummets when a bright new fast-food chicken joint opens across the street. He frantically tries to stop his resentful staff from defecting, while dreaming up stunts to win back lost customers; the plot is garnished with everything from inspired slapstick to mother-in-law jokes. You could read it as a sardonic commentary on China's often farcical struggle to 'modernise' - except that you'd be laughing too much to think through the parallels.

By: TR

Release details

Duration:
97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Clifton Ko
Screenwriter:
Michael Hui, Clifton Ko
Cast:
Michael Hui
Sylvia Chang
Ricky Hui
Lawrence Ng
Lowell Lo
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