Kung Fu Hustle (2005)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

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, Tsang Kan Cheong, Tseng Kan Cheong, Chan Man Keung, Lola Huo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2005
Box Office: $17.0M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


as Landlord

as Brother Sum

as The Beast

as Coolie

as Sing's Sidekick

as Crocodile Gang Boss

as Axe Gang Vice-head

as Axe Gang Advisor

as Harpist #1

as Harpist #2

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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