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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Stephen Chow

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Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang (as Tsang Kan Cheong) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Chow ... Sing
Xiaogang Feng ... Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
Wah Yuen ... Landlord
Zhihua Dong ... Donut (as Zhi Hua Dong)
Danny Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Tze-Chung Lam ... Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
Siu-Lung Leung ... The Beast
Qiu Yuen ... Landlady
Kai-Man Tin ... Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia Kang Xi Jia ... Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung ... Harpist #2
Shengyi Huang ... Fong
Suet Lam ... Axe Gang Vice General
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Beggar (as Cheng Yan Yuen)
Chi Ling Chiu ... 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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From walking disaster to kung fu master See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The Chinese idiom "to have a roaring lion east of the river" means to be a henpecked husband or a shrewish wife. It's no surprise the overbearing landlady's superpower then, is "The Lion's Roar". See more »

Goofs

When Sing is sitting on the curb after splitting up with his sidekick, his jacket is on the ground beside him. Two guys grab him and take him to the Axe Gang's HQ. He enters wearing the jacket, which had been left behind. See more »

Quotes

The Beast: All I want is to kill you, or be killed by you.
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Alternate Versions

The film was slightly cut/altered in mainland China to satisfy the local censors (these changes were carried over to the U.S. release):
  • After the scene where the landlady knocks the landlord out the window onto the ground, the original version shows a bit of blood flowing out from under the landlord's face after the plant smashes his head. The mainland version removes the blood.
  • Sing's failed attempt in intimidating a Pig Sty village farmer, who punches him square in the stomach. The original version shows Sing spitting out blood, which ends up appearing on the farmer's face after Sing asks her what she does. The mainland version digitally removes both the blood being spit out (but blood is still seen around his mouth, implying it was "coming up") as well as the blood splats on the farmer's face.
  • During the night scene right before the attack from the musicians there is a long take showing what most of the residents of Pig Sty are doing, including someone crouching on the ground having a "bowel movement". The original version shows a piece of paper with excrement on it implying what he was doing, while the mainland version removes the paper and its "contents", leaving the viewer confused as to why he's simply crouching down with his pants partially down.
  • When "The Beast" punches Sing in the chest in the casino, two extra shots appear in the original cut, with the first being a slow motion shot of blood spraying upward The Beast's face, and the second being another slow motion shot, this time of Sing's head flying back with blood spraying from his mouth.
  • Soon after this, Sing's face is punched into the ground by The Beast, and a slow motion shot of The Beast's bloody hand being raised from the ground is shown in the original cut. The mainland cut simply jumps from the shot of Sing's head being punched through the ground to the low angle shot of The Beast pulling his fist up.
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Connections

References Spider-Man (2002) 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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Visually Stunning & Just Plain Funny!
24 April 2005 | by BraveHawkSee all my reviews

Kung Fu Hustle was one of the most visually imaginative and unique movies I have seen in quite some time. Upon first viewing the trailer, I thought we would have another Kung Pow: Enter The Fist on our hands but, boy, was I wrong. Unlike Kung Pow, the jokes did not grow tired on me and the special effects were definitely top notch. The scene with the two assassins playing that stringed instrument (don't know the name of it) in such a way that it kills was incredible.

Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either. There was a simple story happening which made sense for what we were watching. Even the jokes with the subtitles came across as funny, and from my experience, humor does not translate as easily as this movie would have you believe. It borrowed or spoofed a bit from Spider-Man and The Matrix as well, which was a bit unexpected for this film, initially. At least for me.

To be honest, I could enjoy this movie without sound or subtitles, too. It was that appealing to the eye. It would be a good background movie for a party or poker game which could catch your eye at any moment and still hold your attention. It could also be great if you feel like a good comedy. I was entertained throughout and even though I was dead tired when I saw it in the theater, it held my interest all the way to the end. 9/10


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Country:

Hong Kong | China | USA

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$269,225, 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$17,108,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,882,445
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2.39 : 1
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