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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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Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
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Landlord
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Donut (as Zhi Hua Dong)
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Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
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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 ...
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Axe Gang Vice General
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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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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,104,669 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

The literal translation of the name of "The Beast" is "Dark God of the Fire Clouds". The name was first used by the writer Liu Can Yang in his novels in the 1950s and 60s, and his character was originally his protagonist's mentor. The menacing sound of the name, and comparatively lax copyright laws in Hong Kong, have led to the name appearing in many other films, novels, and comics. See more »

Goofs

When Tailor, Donut and Coolie are fighting the ax gang. During the fight "Tailor" has a chest that looks normal for his age but when they are finished fighting, in one scene his chest looks like a 30 year old. 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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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ying Xiong Men Zhan Sheng Le Da Du He
Composed by Luo Zong Xian
Administered by Music Copyright Society of China
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Freaking fantastic.
15 September 2004 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Goodness me, what a fantastic movie. Caught the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the entire theater laughed until they cried. Amazingly directed, HILARIOUSLY funny, it blends a 1930s gangster stylishness into a Hong Kong kung fu movie to astonishing results. Who would've thought you could top Shaolin Soccer? Not me, until I saw this movie. Stephen Chow pulled it off. Chow's comedic timing gets better and better with every movie he makes, and while his films are depending more and more on CGI these days, and makes this movie much more a fantasy kung fu film than a traditional one, it hardly detracts from the enjoyable experience. Make it your mission to see this film - it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. I can't remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. My eyes still hurt from wiping away tears of laughter. Seriously.


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