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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

Akshay Kumar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RHGRV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hit!!! February 11, 2009
This movie has been named the worst movie in india. I just do not think people actually understand the effort that was made into this movie. Akshay Kumar has done a fabulous job in this movie. His acting skills are exactly what an actor needs to have. His stunt, his dialogue, his comedy everything he did in the movie was absolutely fantastic. The movie story revolved around a lot of stories but yet the effort that was put into making this movie was great. The Actor who played the Guru of Akshay's Character Sidhu was fanstastic. His hindi speaking was absolutely marvlous. The guy should be recognized for doing what he did in the movie. Deepka made this movie a completely astonishing. Her marshal art was completely awesome. I hope there is a sequel to this movie and I hope that india should recognize that the movie was not a disaster but it was a GREAT Effort!!! Love Ya akshay, Love ya Deepka, and Love you Chinese Guy
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Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, in his roles, tends to regularly shift from playing it silly to playing it serious, and most times he does this in the same movie. CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is a fusion of fatuous farce, mawkish sentiment and high adventure, of Bollywood conventions and soaring Chinese martial arts. There's much to like about this movie, but also much to groan and roll your eyes at.

In China the village Zhange struggles under the oppression of the murderous smuggler lord Hojo. In desperation the villagers consult a wise man and learn that salvation lies in the shape of the legendary, centuries-dead warrior Liu Sheng, who has been reincarnated in today's world. Except that Liu Sheng has been reborn to another nationality, another country: in India.

Akshay Kumar plays Sidhu, a dimwitted vegetable chopper plying his trade at a roadside food stand in Chandni Chowk, one of the busiest market districts in Delhi, India. Discontented with his lowly lot, Sidhu (who, remember, is dimwitted) is lured away to faraway China by two Chinese elders. It's actually more Sidhu's friend Chopstick's fault. Chopstick, of possibly Indian-Chinese descent, is one of those manipulative, self-absorbed sorts, and he seizes an opportunity. The two old Chinese men are, of course, Zhange villagers, and they believe Sidhu to be their reincarnated protector Liu Sheng; they ask that Sidhu return with them to kill Hojo. Instead Chopstick (the vaguely Asian-looking Ranvir Shorey), purposely mistranslating, tells Sidhu that he will be feted as a king should he journey to China. So off goes the gullible Sidhu with Chopstick riding his coattails, from Chandni Chowk to China.

I like much of the film's tongue-in-cheek internal mythology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Deonard Juett
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No, no, no!!!!
Published 3 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 20 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 on October 1, 2012 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
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