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Writing in the Gene Siskel Film Center's monthly newsletter, programming director Barbara Scharres likens this 2007 Hong Kong actioner to Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, and aptly so: like Chow's films, it's colorful, kinetic, and filled with offbeat slapstick. (One of the deadly combatants is an old woman brandishing an abacus in each hand.) Set in 1930s Shanghai, this stars pop singer Vanness Wu as a young man who gets caught between rival gangsters while searching for his long-lost father. The flat characters deflect attention to the visual flash, most enjoyably in the frenetic punch-ups and art deco musical numbers. Yip Wing-kin directed. In Cantonese and Mandarin with subtitles. 99 min.

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