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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 overview, first billed only:
Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
Zhi Hua Dong ...
Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
The Beast
Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia ...
Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung ...
Harpist #2
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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A new comedy unlike anything you have seen before See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the jailbreak, Stephen Chow's character turns down a hallway which reveals an elevator door gushing blood. This is a direct reference to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). See more »


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 »


Axe Gang Advisor: Let's kill them all and make this place a brothel.
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References The Untouchables (1987) See more »


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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User Reviews

Great movie by Stephen Chow
24 December 2004 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie yesterday and it is definitely one of the best movies that was made in the history of Hong Kong. The plot itself is simple, and the storyline is all about kung fu. Yet, it is not just a funny comedy about kung fu. It is more than that. Somehow it is similar to Harry Potter (in this case is wizard) or animations by Hayao Miyazaki in which a world of imagination is created. The characters in the film are so funny and classic. Most of them appeared in some of Stephen Chow's movies before but because the context of every movie is different, the overall result is hilarious. This is a movie that make Hong Kong people proud. I hope it will be a box office success in other countries too. I think I'll definitely buy the movie DVD for my personal collection.

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