Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow (2004)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hong Kong writer/director/star Stephen Chow began his career as a children's TV entertainer, but his unique style - called "mo lei tau" (or "nonsense") - transforms ordinary situations into kung fu-injected, CGI-laden, stunt-fuelled comedic romps. As in his previous film Shaolin Soccer, Chow casts himself as the hapless, idiotic hero - here, a poor, weedy guy keen to be a member of the infamous Axe Gang who terrorise 1940s Shanghai. But from a tough neighbourhood, unlikely heroes appear. In the middle of a homage to Scorsese's Gangs of New York, a hilariously impressive martial arts battle begins. The exemplary fight scenes are choreographed by Sammo Hung (a collaborator of Jackie Chan) and Yuen Wo-Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix trilogy). Featuring more action than most action films, more comedy than most comedies and certainly more "nonsense" than most films in general, this is a dazzling and outrageous movie.

Summary

A small-time thief in 1940s China longs to join a feared gang, but lacks the killer instinct. He tries to prove his criminal worth by extorting money from the residents of an apartment complex, only to find they are secretly kung fu masters, and accidentally starts a war between them and the mobsters he idolises. Martial arts comedy adventure, directed by and starring Stephen Chow. With Wah Yuen and Zhi Hua Dong. In Cantonese and Mandarin.

Cast & Crew

Sing Stephen Chow
Landlord Yuen Wah
The Beast Leung Siu-lung
Donut Dong Zhi-hua
Tailor Chiu Chi-ling
Coolie Xing Yu
Brother Sum Chan Kwok Kwan
Sing's sidekick Lam Tze-chung
Axe Gang adviser Tin Kai-man
Fong Huang Sheng-yi
Crocodile Gang boss Feng Xiao-gang
Landlady Yuen Qiu
Director Stephen Chow
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Other Information

Language: Cantonese, Mandarin +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia TriStar Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Jun 2005

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