Die Chinesen Kommen (1987)

Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

In this comedy, the inhabitants of a small Bavarian factory town have fallen on hard times because the factory owners got fed up with catering to the local union. Now the factory has been sold to a group of Chinese, who plan to break up the assembly line and ship the whole thing back to China. The former shop steward and his buddy, who wants to steal one crucial item of machinery, are asked to supervise the Chinese workers' efforts. The bulk of the satire here is aimed at the stodgy Bavarians and their distrust of these strangers. Meanwhile the two sly union men begin with a low opinion of their foreign guests but gradually learn to respect them.