Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
Critic Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.
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, Rovi … More
|Rating:||R (for sequences of strong stylized action and violence)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Directed By:||R. Madhesh, Stephen Chow|
|Written By:||Elizabeth Hunter, Tsang Kan Cheong, Tseng Kan Cheong, Chan Man Keung, Lola Huo|
|In Theaters:||Apr 8, 2005 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 9, 2005|
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as The Beast
as Sing's Sidekick
as Crocodile Gang Boss
as Axe Gang Vice-head
as Axe Gang Advisor
as Harpist #1
as Harpist #2
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Hustle
So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.
Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.
A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.
Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.
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
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.
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).
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