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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

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

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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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Most of the names of the superpowers in the film are taken from the pulp novels of Louis Cha, a household name in Hong Kong, often compared to Alexandre Dumas père and credited with the invention of modern martial arts swashbucklers. See more »

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During the first fight with the Beast, the Landlord wraps his hand around the Beast's forearm and turns it sideways. In the next shot, the Landlord makes the same move again, this time on the Beast's hand. See more »

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Sing: [after noticing the Two Harpists carrying their covered-up harp on their back]
Sing: They look like two gravediggers taking one of their customers for a walk.
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Sabre Dance
Composed by Aram Khachaturyan
Performed by Antonio M. Xavier & The Royal Festival Philharmonic Orchestra
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This movie will blow you away!
3 February 2005 | by (Stockholm) – See all my reviews

In the wildly imaginative and action-packed Kung Fu Hustle, petty thief Sing (Stephen Chow) aspires to be a ruthless gangster. Stumbling across a gang-controlled apartment to extort money from the locals who are actually kung fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions attracts the notorious Axe Gang, and set off a relentless chain of events that brings the clans together in an explosive battle.

From kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you've never seen martial arts action this outrageous! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yeun Wo Ping (famed action choreographer of Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2 and The Matrix) Kung Fu Hustle will blow you away! Chow's movie is set in 1940s Guangdong Province, China. Chow plays Ah-xing, a street rascal who fools around constantly. He is good at talking glibly, but at the core he is feeble-minded and stuck in poverty with an unknown future. So, it doesn't look good for A-xing at the beginning of the movie.

It doesn't get any better, either a little later as we discover it is A-xing's goal is to become a member of the notorious Axe Gang, the fiercest, cruelest and most widespread gang of the city.

One day when A-xing goes into a slum, Pig Cage Town, to do his usual extortion, he witnesses a real clash between two gangs: the Axe Gang is clearing out a local gang that has not shown allegiance to the Axe. A-xing realizes the slum residents -- including the plump landlady and her skinny and wimpy-looking husband -- have each turned into kung-fu masters to fight against the large group of gangs.

A-xing then realizes this is a battle between good and evil and that he is called to choose one side.

Stephen Chow continues his unique comedy style, twisting the slapstick jokes and reinterpreting them with his composed face. In Kung Fu Hustle, Chow intensifies the self-torture sequences and creates more funny points in his suffering. For example, when Chow shows his characters practising kung-fu while faced by a middle-aged woman in the slum, he is quickly kicked in the groin. He is also stabbed by three flying daggers which were supposedly aimed at his enemy and is later bitten in the face by two poisonous snakes. Through all these trials he manages to survive for another day.

Apart from creativity, Kung Fu Hustle has also demonstrated a higher quality comedy than his early 1990s works such as Fight Back to School (1991) and King of Beggars (1992). The cinematography is more sophisticated, with an authentic 1930s aura. And like Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle heavily adopts computer graphics to present special effects such as the snake, daggers and flying axes.


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