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HALL OF FAMEon 9 September 2008
Ibo Secmez (Denis Moschitto), a young German whose parents came from Turkey, has one ambition, to make the first German kung fu movie. His girlfriend, Titzi (Nora Tschirner), has a German mother and a great desire to be an actress. In this movie, two things happen that are going to change a lot of plans. Ibo's uncle, who owns King of Kebab, a kebab joint in Hamburg, pays Ibo to make a television commercial for his place. It's not long before Ibo's commercial is shown...with a kung fu showdown at the counter, with feet flying, with swords spinning and with the camera focusing in on a great looking, juicy doner kebab. Customers rush to the place (or at least they do until they actually taste some of the food, like tripe soup with testicles). The second thing to happen is that Ibo and Titzi find out they've unexpectedly collaborated on a creation of their own. Titzi is pregnant and decides she wants to keep the baby.

What follows is an undemanding and amusing comedy that involves Ibo being tossed out of home by his taxi-driver father (You can have a German girlfriend but you never, never, never get her pregnant. You'll marry a nice Turkish girl!), with Titzi's mother not pleased, either, and the with pangs and stumbles of Ibo as he tries to decide whether he wants to take on the responsibilities of fatherhood. Titzi loves Ibo but she's determined to be an actress as well as a mother. Any husband of hers has to be ready and willing to pitch in, and she'll test his sincerity. "Ever see a Turkish guy with a baby carriage?" she asks a friend.

Ibo's effort to prove to Titzi that he's ready for fatherhood -- the old diaper changing routine, the sure-fire birthing class with a male friend -- comes awfully close to sitcom land. To compensate, there are fine performances by Moschitto and Tschirner. They both are actors with engaging personalities and good comedy skills (especially Moschitto, whose role calls for a lot of kung fu enthusiasm). And the two commercials Ibo makes for his uncle are just as funny as the movie...imagine Bruce Lee taking on the bad guys with a blade in one hand and a doner kebab sandwich in the other, with a sliced off head on the floor praising the product.
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on 27 November 2011
Saw this at festival and have been trying to get the uk version. Charming funny and almost like a modern romeo and juliet story. I'll never have a kebab without thinking of this cult little film.
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