Chicken and Duck Talk ★★★★

Michael Hui owns a slovenly BBQ duck restaurant that's threatened by the ultra-modern fried chicken joint moving in across the street. Highlights include Michael and Ricky Hui fighting while dressed as giant fowl, Michael's karaoke number, Sylvia Chang brightening an otherwise throwaway role as Michael's wife, Sam Hui's cameo as himself, and the lovely pinks and greens of Derek Wan's cinematography (this may just be the transfer, but this is the prettiest Hui movie I've seen).

Clifton Ko directed and co-wrote the screenplay (with Hui), and it's much more conventional than Hui's directorial efforts, like it's trying to be a real movie with some kind of a moral message instead of a thin excuse for slapstick genius. Which I guess makes it Hui's A Night at the Opera. It's still very fun, but not the anarchic masterpiece that was The Contract (his Duck Soup).

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