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Throwing instead of pulling its punches, this is the story of Isa (as he's actually named, but who finds the nickname Chiko much cooler) who grows up in a Hamburg suburb. It might be one of the world's richest cities but every beast has its belly and here, in the very underbelly, Chiko lives in a world where violence, staking and keeping a claim, and drug taking are the norm. Where down is not an option, Chiko is determined to rise to the top, whatever and whomever it costs. Regardless of time and circumstances, he wants immediate and unlimited respect. And with the means justifying his ends, for Chiko every means is justified.


Critic Reviews for Chiko

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (7)

  • This is frankly pretty cliched stuff.

    Aug 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks.

    Aug 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.

    Aug 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • ... its uneven blend of social criticism, domestic drama and gangster tragedy illustrates just how difficult it is to capture that distinctive Scarface quality.

    Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin.

    Aug 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chiko

  • May 05, 2011
    decent enough and parts coming off well, a crime story about a guy tring to make his way up the ladder. his downfall and all that. so nothing fantastic or cutting edge about it, but good, entertaining and goes nicely, a film that does what it does
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2008
    Possessed of innate street smarts and a dead-eyed stare, Chiko (Denis Moschitto) dreams of success in the drug trade. His chief liability is combustible best “bro” Tibet (Volkan Ozcan), a blustery fighter who can’t grasp the big picture. Tibet’s mom ...( read more)(Lilay Huser) is undergoing kidney treatments, and the young men chafe at being unable to do more to help her. Setting his sights on a job with violent local drug kingpin and gregarious family man Brownie (Moritz Bleibtreu), Chiko elbows his hapless mule out of the way and earns the formidable task of moving a great deal of weed in a short time. The only caveat: The product must be sold from an apartment, not on the street. When Tibet breaks this rule and is spotted selling at a schoolyard, Brownie’s subsequent discipline --a nail in the foot -- drives a wedge between the two friends that rears its ugly head when Chiko becomes Brownie’s successful cocaine lieutenant and Tibet sinks into a drug-fuelled anger that manifests itself in revenge.
    kevin j Super Reviewer

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