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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
"Kung fu" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
Zhi Hua Dong ...
Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Chi Chung Lam ...
Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
The Beast
Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia ...
Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung ...
Harpist #2
Suet Lam ...
Axe Gang Vice General
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Beggar (as Cheng Yan Yuen)


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 {}

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

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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Hustle  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$950,668 (Australia) (26 August 2005)

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As of 2005, this film was the widest cinematic release of a foreign language film in the USA. See more »


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Donut: [nearing death, grabs the landlord] With great power comes great responsibility...
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[Donut passes away]
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Potential Cult Film
5 January 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I liked Shaolin Soccer, it was full of laughs and Stephen Chow has done it again with Kung Fu Hustle. It's not in the same vein as Shaolin Soccer and it is not a belly full of laughs, but it certainly emphasised his love of action movies especially Martial Art movies. The film pays homage to all those Hong Kong Martial Arts Serials, Bruce Lee and the action genre in general. I would even say that Kung Fu Hustle is a more refined Shoalin Soccer in terms of storyline, action sequences and acting.

The setting is great with some nice scenes of old Hong Kong and the way people used to live. The fight scenes were pretty good, especially at the start with the three masters fighting the Axe Gang. Okay, the story was predictable but that didn't take away the enjoyment one bit.

Overall, it is a highly recommended movie to watch and I can't wait for his next film.

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