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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

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Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
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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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Kang Xi Jia ...
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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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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$17,108,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,434,304
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point the landlord and his wife are seen through their window Cha-cha dancing. This is a nod to Bruce Lee who won the 1958 Hong Kong National Cha-cha championship. 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

Donut: [nearing death, grabs the landlord] With great power comes great responsibility...
Landlady: Donut, you are badly hurt. You must keep still.
Donut: This could be the end of a beautiful friendship!
Landlord: Oh, Donut. Tomorrow is another day!
[Donut passes away]
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Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Forget Tonight
Composed & Lyrics by Chen Ge Xin
Performed by Gong Qiu Xia
Courtesy of EMI Music Hong Kong / EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
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18 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most richly imaginative, creative, downright enjoyable movies I've ever seen. I haven't enjoyed myself this much since Pulp Fiction.

It took me a while to figure out who the hero was. First I thought it was the barber guy who got himself constantly smacked about by the landlady. I suppose it's because he looked so dim, he therefore had to be a kung fu master in disguise. I've read some of the other posts, and everyone seems to think the knife scene was the funniest. I didn't expect to come to this movie for a laugh, but the knife scene almost killed me. Luckily it was just me and my friend in the movie theatre, so I could let it all out.

If you go to the movies to free your imagination, then this is the movie for you. Stay away from people who say it's far-fetched and unrealistic. If they want realism, they should go to the laundromat.


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