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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 overview, first billed only:
Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
Zhihua Dong ...
Donut (as Zhi Hua Dong)
Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
Kang Xi Jia ...
Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung ...
Harpist #2
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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Hustle  »

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Box Office


$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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruce Lee Tribute: When the Landlady is seated between the Boss and his assistant, she faces the boss, and mimics the gestures Bruce Lee used while also facing a crime boss in Return of the Dragon. She wags her finger at him, then closes both fists, then just the right (while knuckles cracking can be heard), she jerks her head up, and the boss nods he understands, then she thumbs her nose, exactly like Bruce Lee. See more »


After the final fight, when Beast is looking up to Sing, he faces the sun. In the next shot, the sun is on Beast's right. See more »


Sing: I realized then that good guys never win. I want to be bad. I want to be the killer!
Sing's Sidekick: [looks up] Ice cream!
Sing: Where?
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


Sabre Dance
Composed by Aram Khachaturyan
Performed by Antonio M. Xavier & The Royal Festival Philharmonic Orchestra
Administered by WorldStar Music International Ltd
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Visually Stunning & Just Plain Funny!
24 April 2005 | by 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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