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Chicken and Duck Talk

  • Film

Time Out says

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.
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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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