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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

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In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
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Landlord
Zhi Hua Dong ...
Donut
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Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Chi Chung Lam ...
Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
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The Beast
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Landlady
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Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia ...
Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung ...
Harpist #2
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Suet Lam ...
Axe Gang Vice General
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Beggar (as Cheng Yan Yuen)
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Tailor
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Storyline

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong stylized action and violence | See all certifications »

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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,188,968 (Hong Kong) (24 December 2004)

Gross:

$17,104,669 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

This is the meaning of what the "mute" girl signs:"Do you remember me? Long ago, you helped me. I do remember you.". The gloss would be "YOU REMEMBER I? PASTx2 YOU HELP-TO-ME. I YOU REMEMBERx3". To fully grasp the meaning, notice:a) She repeats PAST, so the past time was not recent.b) She uses her facial expression to denote the question (she frowns slightly for a moment). c) HELP is signed pointing to her, to express she was the recipient of the help. d) Though the first REMEMBER is signed once, she remarks the final REMEMBER (I do remember...). As a little girl, she says "Thank you very much". You can see is Chinese sign language and not ASL: she moves the fist forward and bends her thumb. See more »

Goofs

After the final fight, the camera looks at Beast from the front during a conversation, and his hair is visible. When the camera switches to the rear before he is punched, his the hair is gone, and the man is clearly a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Axe Gang Advisor: Let's kill them all and make this place a brothel.
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Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Zhi Yao Wei Ni Huo Yi Tian
Composed by Liu Jie Chang
Lyrics by Lin Huang Kun
Original Publisher - Moonrise Music Publishing Ltd
Administered by WorldStar Music International Ltd
by Huang Sheng Yi
Arranged by Ying-Wah Wong (as Raymond Wong)
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Visually Stunning & Just Plain Funny!
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kung Fu Hustle was one of the most visually imaginative and unique movies I have seen in quite some time. Upon first viewing the trailer, I thought we would have another Kung Pow: Enter The Fist on our hands but, boy, was I wrong. Unlike Kung Pow, the jokes did not grow tired on me and the special effects were definitely top notch. The scene with the two assassins playing that stringed instrument (don't know the name of it) in such a way that it kills was incredible.

Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either. There was a simple story happening which made sense for what we were watching. Even the jokes with the subtitles came across as funny, and from my experience, humor does not translate as easily as this movie would have you believe. It borrowed or spoofed a bit from Spider-Man and The Matrix as well, which was a bit unexpected for this film, initially. At least for me.

To be honest, I could enjoy this movie without sound or subtitles, too. It was that appealing to the eye. It would be a good background movie for a party or poker game which could catch your eye at any moment and still hold your attention. It could also be great if you feel like a good comedy. I was entertained throughout and even though I was dead tired when I saw it in the theater, it held my interest all the way to the end. 9/10


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