King of Peking ★★★

It takes something special to motivate yet another movie about a deadbeat dad giving his child a better childhood than a good parent would. This one tries to do that through a tribute to film history. In part it is quite charming, but those nods to old classics feel a bit too broad to really feel personal. Instead it feels like the movie is constructed to appeal to a certain demographic of film lovers.

That may just be a cultural thing though, with a Chinese perspective on world cinema. Meanwhile it is all mixed with a cheerful glorification of bootlegging which should be pretty controversial. Especially as I watched this at a film festival where each screening came with stern information about how it is strictly forbidden to record any part of the movie.