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

 -  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

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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gang | axe | china | kung fu | 1940s | See more »

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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:

$281,265 (Australia) (12 August 2005)

Gross:

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

The name "Pig Sty Alley" is a play on the Chinese name for the Walled City of Kowloon. It was a Chinese exclave in Hong Kong, and for much of the 20th century it was well-known as a breeding ground of crime, slums, and disorder. It was torn down in 1993. See more »

Goofs

In many fight scenes, especially those involving the Landlady, the combatants talk and fight at the same time in close-ups. In the wide shots, their mouths aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

[the Soccer boy accidentally kicks his ball to Sing, who does a number of tricks with one foot]
Soccer Boy: Wow, can you teach me that?
Sing: Sure, lesson ONE!
[pops the ball, the little boy starts crying]
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) 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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User Reviews

 
The best comedy for this year. No super-hero.
27 December 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Before we went to see this movie we had heard about many good reviews of it. After spending approximate 100mins in the movie theater we were extremely satisfied and entertained. This movie is even better than we have expected. There were full of laughters almost from the beginning to the end in the theater.

Stephen Chow displays his talent as both a director and an actor. It maintains the previous Chow's style and humor as in other movies, such as "Xi Ju Zhi Wang" and "Xing Yun Yi Tiao Long", while those CGIs were not expected. In Chow's movie, what the Chinese people like is that it says no to super heroes. It just tells the stories of ordinary people, particularly those people leading insignificant and unsuccessful lives.

Several characters in this movie were played by popular Kung-Fu stars, in the 1980's - 1990's in China. Stephen Chow shows respects to them, as the way he respects Bruce Lee.

Above all, Kung-Fu Hustle is a movie with great hilarity, stunning CGI effects, fantastic Kung-Fu, and the lives of ordinary people. I give it 9 out of 10. Highly recommended!

Now this movie is in theaters in Europe and North America. The recent comments have shown a good sign already.Best wishes to Stephen Chow! Hope western people like this movie as well.


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