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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

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Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
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Donut (as Zhi Hua Dong)
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Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
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Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
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Kang Xi Jia ...
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Beggar (as Cheng Yan Yuen)
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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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So many gangsters...so little time. See more »


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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$269,225, 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,108,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,434,304
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Surpassed Shaolin Soccer (2001) in February 2005 to become the highest-grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong. See more »

Goofs

After Brother Sum has covered the mother and child in fuel, the mother's hair drapes down her face and covers her forehead. In the next shot, when Coolie catches the lighter, her hair is combed back out of her face. See more »

Quotes

Sing's Sidekick: Memories can be painful. To forget may be a blessing!
Sing: I never knew you were so deep.
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Connections

Spoofs The Matrix Reloaded (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fishermen's Song of the East China Sea
Composed by Ma Sheng Long / Gu Guan Ren
Courtesy of Naxos International (Far East) Ltd
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Fantastic
18 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most richly imaginative, creative, downright enjoyable movies I've ever seen. I haven't enjoyed myself this much since Pulp Fiction.

It took me a while to figure out who the hero was. First I thought it was the barber guy who got himself constantly smacked about by the landlady. I suppose it's because he looked so dim, he therefore had to be a kung fu master in disguise. I've read some of the other posts, and everyone seems to think the knife scene was the funniest. I didn't expect to come to this movie for a laugh, but the knife scene almost killed me. Luckily it was just me and my friend in the movie theatre, so I could let it all out.

If you go to the movies to free your imagination, then this is the movie for you. Stay away from people who say it's far-fetched and unrealistic. If they want realism, they should go to the laundromat.


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