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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 {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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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The axe gang resembles a similar gang that appeared in The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), although in that film the axe gang played a minor role. Both gangs feature similar clothing, weapons, and tendencies to fight in large numbers. See more »


When Sing fights the gang at the end, before he begins to fight the Beast, he stands on a balcony and throws two bad guys away from him. They land against the wall of the balcony. In the next shot, they crash through the wall and out of the balcony. See more »


Sing's Sidekick: You gave him your life savings?
Sing: Yes. I was saving to become a doctor or lawyer... but this was a chance for world peace.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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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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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