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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Kung fu (original title)
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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.

Director:

Stephen Chow

Writers:

Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang (as Tsang Kan Cheong) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

So many gangsters...so little time. 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

This is the meaning of what the "mute" girl signs:"Do you remember me? Long ago, you helped me. I do remember you.". The gloss would be "YOU REMEMBER I? PASTx2 YOU HELP-TO-ME. I YOU REMEMBERx3". To fully grasp the meaning, notice:a) She repeats PAST, so the past time was not recent.b) She uses her facial expression to denote the question (she frowns slightly for a moment). c) HELP is signed pointing to her, to express she was the recipient of the help. d) Though the first REMEMBER is signed once, she remarks the final REMEMBER (I do remember...). As a little girl, she says "Thank you very much". You can see is Chinese sign language and not ASL: she moves the fist forward and bends her thumb. See more »

Goofs

After the final fight, the camera looks at Beast from the front during a conversation, and his hair is visible. When the camera switches to the rear before he is punched, his the hair is gone, and the man is clearly a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Sing: All right. Now, we will sneak attack and take out that old lady.
[throws knife, knife richchets off overhang and gets Sing in his right shoulder]
Sing: Erg... Well, I'll let you try one.
[stands beside sidekick]
Sing's Sidekick: [takes knife, accidentally throws backwards, gets Sing's left shoulder]
Sing: Ack!
[stands beside sidekick]
Sing: Look, just take the knife, aim carefully, and throw.
Sing's Sidekick: [takes knife, winds back to his right, kinfe sticks Sing in his left arm, handle flys off at Landlady]
Landlady: Who threw a handle?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Original Hong Kong release uses the regular Columbia Pictures logo at the beginning used in front of American films, yet the American release only has the Sony Pictures Classic logo on the bright blue background. See more »

Connections

References The Boxer from Shantung (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Fishermen's Song of the East China Sea
Composed by Ma Sheng Long / Gu Guan Ren
Courtesy of Naxos International (Far East) Ltd
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User Reviews

 
If you thought that the kung fu genre had nothing new to offer, think again...
9 November 2005 | by ellie-cabbitSee all my reviews

After nearly two decades of avoiding kung fu movies, a copy of this one was pressed into my hands by a very dear friend... who then extracted a promise from me that I'd take the time that night to sit and watch it. I was less than enthusiastic when I tossed it into the drive of my Athlon, but a promise is a promise, after all. Five minutes later, a nuclear strike warning in my town couldn't have torn me away from the screen, and it's been watched a dozen times since.

There's always been a certain cheesiness to Hong Kong cinema, but on rare occasions a writer or director will directly tap a nerve and somehow weave that directly into the story: 'Kung Fu Hustle' is one of those films. This piece isn't simply a 'standard' kung fu movie; it's a romance, a sweeping portrait of good-versus-evil, and a moral lesson on the use of power. The comedic bits are so well integrated into the story that it flows smoothly from one tone to another. The fight choreography is stellar, and special care was taken to make sure that every character in the piece is human. There're no 'perfect' people or places, and it somehow makes the wire fighting that appears in parts seem believable. The acting is excellent and the camera work is all rock steady.

Feeling jaded? Burdened? Wonder if it's possible for one person to make a difference? Settle in with a copy of this film, and believe...


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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:

China See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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