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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

Akshay Kumar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akshay Kumar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RHGRV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chandni Chowk to China" on IMDb

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  • This film is the Indian theatrical version
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Have you ever dreamed of being more than your circumstances? Sidhu (Askay Kumar) longs to escape his dreary existence cutting vegetables at a road-side food stand in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Delhi, India. When two strangers from China proclaim he is the reincarnation of a Chinese war hero, Sidhu envisions fame, fortune and adventure. Journeying with them back to China, Sidhu meets the alluring Sakhi (Deepika Padukone) and love blossoms. But can it survive the vicious smuggler, Hojo (Gordon Liu) and his cadre of kung-fu assassins? Megalomaniacal villains, crazy inventors, Chinese mystics and outlandish kung-fu assassins all get thrown together in this joyful, uplifting adventure full of beautiful landscapes, attention-grabbing songs, and high energy dancing. Featuring top Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone and produced by acclaimed father and son duo, Ramesh and Rohan Sippy, Chandni Chowk to China promises to excite.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 17, 2009
By Wm19
I grew up on Hong Kong martial arts films, recently visited the Forbidden City Palace and Great Wall in Beijing, and heard this was the first Bollywood kung fu comedy, so I went to watch this movie on its opening night. I absolutely loved it.

I'm not familiar with Bollywood, but I thought the movie might be goofy-silly from the trailer. It was so much more than that.

The plot is well summarized by another reviewer, so I won't go into it in detail. Basically, a comedic buffoon in India is tricked into going to China to help an oppressed village. Along the way, he finds love, kung fu, and himself. The plot was complex but fun. The movie is in Hindi (spoken by the characters from India) and Mandarin (spoken by the characters from China) with good English subtitles.

In some points where the plot stretched credibility, I figured it was a Bollywood thing, and just went with the flow. For example, the heroine's family situation, airport incident, the drunken master fight, the kung fu training sequences, were all a bit unrealistic, but great fun.

The costumes and dancing were great (who knew a womem could dance in the long chinese cheongsam dresses?). I especially liked the scenes set in the Forbidden City Palace and the Great Wall. I read that this was the first fight scene permitted to be filmed on the Great Wall, and having been on the beautiful, windy, and super-steep steps of the Great Wall, I loved each and every Great Wall scene. I read that they shut down tourism for the filming, which is impressive given how packed the tourist site normally is.

I expected a lot of eye candy going in, based on the trailer, but I was caught completely by surprise by just how funny and dramatic the movie was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny March 21, 2009
A Kid's Review
This is a very funny film. It is so called "the worst film of Bollywood". I personally think is one of the funniest foreign language films I have seen. I think people should pay at least a little respect to poorly reviewed bollywood films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is the first Bollywood movie to get a nationwide release in the U.S. from a major Hollywood studio. Warner Bros. is not only distributing, but was also the producer, part of a growing move by the Hollywood majors to get involved in Asian film production. As such, it's less intended for diehard Bollywood audiences than for the international audience that greeted such past co-productions as CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) and KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004). It helps to be at least a little familiar with Bollywood and kung fu genre conventions before tackling this 154-minute combo of action, comedy, romance, melodrama, music, dance, and exotic locations. My guess is that adventurous audience members who embraced KILL BILL VOL. 1, BRIDE AND PREJUDICE and KUNG FU HUSTLE would also enjoy this.

The plot has to do with a poor Indian man named Sidhu, who works in a food shop but nurses dreams of bigger things when he is invited to a Chinese village, for reasons that are misrepresented to him, only to find out when he gets there that he's believed to be a reincarnation of an ancient Chinese warrior named Liu Sheng and is expected to vanquish the local tyrant, Hojo, who keeps the villagers enslaved. Various setbacks ensue until Sidhu resolves to undergo kung fu training and live up to the faith the villagers had in him. Also involved are two half-Indian/half-Chinese twin girls, Sakhi and Suzy, one good and one criminal, who'd been separated from their father and each other as infants. The dialogue is primarily in Hindi, with large sections in Mandarin and some English lines sprinkled throughout. Location filming includes many scenes filmed in Shanghai and at the Great Wall of China.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and Spice? Or Bitter as a Lemon? May 25, 2010
This movie gives Boliwood (Bollywood?--that's not the right spelling) the best of good names. Bread-baking Brahmin-caste Sidhu (an amazing and hilarious Akshay Kumar), a denizen of the Chandni Chowk district of Delhi, can't catch a break. He needs money, wants a better destiny, and falls on his face every time. He accidentally burns his winning lottery ticket in the little fire of his home altar as he shouts at the goddess' statue, "OK!! Take it!!"

One day he and his goofy Chinese friend "Chopstick" (a very Chinese-looking Ranvir Shorey) are approached by two Chinese villagers. They are sure Sidhu is a reincarnation of a great martial arts hero. They beg him to return with them to China to fight the evil gang boss "Hojo" (the immortal Chia Hui "Gordon" Liu). However, it is incumbent upon the klutzy Sidhu to learn kung fu. Still he goes, with the blessing of the adopted older brother, the elderly Dada, who took him in as a child (Mithun Chakraborthy).

I have to stop there, as this film is just too darned funny, touching and wonderful to spoil. You will die laughing at the clever songs, how fitting and apropos they are and how...well, just plain funny. This film's humor reminded me of Jackie Chan at his best--yet it is truly and purely Indian in all ways. Even the Chinese seem to be straight out of an old Indian village in the Punjab.

Akshay Kumar is a multi-talented prodigy. I cannot believe I haven't noticed him before, but I will be from now forwards. I also deeply admire the powerful presence of Mithun Chakraborthy.

You will never regret having this fantastic Indian jewel in your collection, and you will always go back to watch it for the pure delightful fun. And there is whoopass martial action, as well as a profound lesson for all of us.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go sing a few bars of "Hello, I'm a Chinese Guy".
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No, no, no!!!!
Published 2 months ago by regina davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but good
You have to watch the whole thing to get it, the way it starts is kind of dumb but it gets better and better. If you like Bollywood movies check this one out.
Published 7 months ago by montana3802
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
I bought this movie because I love Deepika Padukone. And she is brilliant in this movie. The movie itself isn't that good.
Published 8 months ago by Vivi
2.0 out of 5 stars Long
My Mom and Dad both fell asleep. It wasn't an interesting or really funny movie at all and it's too long.
Published 8 months ago by MK
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to Love Akshay
What an interesting premise. From the Lord Ganesh appearing in a potato to the evil twin sister, Meow Meow....were unexpected and funny.
Published 19 months ago by Spiritgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fun movie to watch.
This movie is made very nice. funny, action, songs, romance, three of the best things, lol. Its an indian comedy made in china.
Published 19 months ago by Surendra
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Print but not a good movie
I liked the quality of the video a lot but the movie itself is not good. I would not suggest this movie to anybody. I think I watched this movie as I am a Deepika fan.
Published 23 months ago by Saurabh Tiwari
5.0 out of 5 stars Chandni Chowk To China ...... 02/20/2012
This movie is AN ENJOYABLE FUN FAMILY FILM ......The basic theme is a silly man child (Sidhu) who does everything from playing the lottery to making a shrine out of a potato to try... Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by vent
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Bollywood Kung Fu Movie!
I have to admit there were times during this movie that I wanted to turn it off and give up on it, but hung in there and watched it until the end. Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Pamela V
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible movie.
This movie blew chunks. It was utter rubbish. Pure crap.
Even the hot Indian chick couldn't make this movie bareable to watch.
Published on August 16, 2010 by Jay Grant
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