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Kung Fu Hustle (2005)



Critic Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

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The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying kung fu skills, and a tiny war erupts between the local masters and the axe-wielding gang. After the gang busts the ancient kung fu king known as The Beast (Leung Siu Lung) out of jail, tensions reach a boiling point as Pig Sty Alley's landlady (Yuen Qiu) leads an all-out attack against the gang and Sing discovers his true heroic fate. Kung Fu Hustle, which set box-office records across Asia during its December 2004 release, also stars Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and features fight choreography by legendary masters of martial arts cinema Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. ~ Jason Gibner, Rovimore
Rating: R (for sequences of strong stylized action and violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Elizabeth Hunter, Elizabeth Hunter, Tsang Kan Cheong, Tseng Kan Cheong, Chan Man Keung
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2005
Box Office: $17.0M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Wah Yuen
as Landlord
Chan Kwok Kwan
as Brother Sum
Leung Siu Lung
as The Beast
Xing Yu
as Coolie
Lam Tze Chung
as Sing's Sidekick
Feng Xiaogang
as Crocodile Gang Boss
Suet Lam
as Axe Gang Vice-head
Kai Man Tin
as Axe Gang Advisor
Jia Kang Xi
as Harpist #1
Fung Hark On
as Harpist #2
Qiu Yuen
as Landlady
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Hustle

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (44)

So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012

A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow's impressive comedy/kung-fu bonanza is terrific. Kung Fu Hustle displays the dynamic direction of Chow along with a laugh-out-loud combination of action and humor, further heightening the director's/actor's credibility. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Poetry. And funny too.
The Axe Gang are the new big kids in town, but only for a quick moment in this game of filmic one-upmanship that's at the heart of this heavily influenced by Hollywood Chinese film. Count the many, many references to popular cult favorites ... it's too many to count.
And just flat out fun. Love it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I seem to be the only one that did not enjoy this movie. I found the comedy to be way too elementary. I ended up not laughing too much. (It's been a while since I've watched this movie so bear with me).

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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