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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}

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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)  »

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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The axe gang resembles a similar gang that appeared in The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), although in that film the axe gang played a minor role. Both gangs feature similar clothing, weapons, and tendencies to fight in large numbers. See more »


When Coolie takes on the Axe Gang alone, before the tailor joins in, an Axe Gang member takes a perfect unblocked swing at Coolie's back, realizes that Coolie can't block it, and runs away. See more »


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
Administered by WorldStar Music International Ltd
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User Reviews

So much fun !!
16 September 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Toronto filmfest and I have to say I loved it, I really didn't know what to expect as I didn't know the director and had only really seen some pretty bad kung fu many years before. There are many pop culture references in there like reservoir dogs and the matrix.. all done very tongue in cheek.

The fight sequences are very well done and keep the movie moving at a frenetic pace, the jokes tend to be visual in nature and as such side step the normal translation problems.

All in all I thought this was a great movie and suspect this will be a huge hit !

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