Kung Fu Hustle

  • 15
  • Stephen Chow (2004)
  • HK / Chi (SUB)
  • 95 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Period martial arts comedy directed by and starring Stephen Chow. An aspiring gangster tries to extort money from the residents of a Shanghai tenement by posing as a member of the notorious Axe Gang. But the residents' spirited resistance attracts the attention of the real hoodlums.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Stephen Chow

Other Information

Language: 
Cantonese, Mandarin +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Jun 2005
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Categories
Comedy
Drama