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Kung Fu Hustle
     

Kung Fu Hustle

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Cast: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung, Dong Zhi Hua

 

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The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing

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The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying kung fu skills, and a tiny war erupts between the local masters and the axe-wielding gang. After the gang busts the ancient kung fu king known as The Beast (Leung Siu Lung) out of jail, tensions reach a boiling point as Pig Sty Alley's landlady (Yuen Qiu) leads an all-out attack against the gang and Sing discovers his true heroic fate. Kung Fu Hustle, which set box-office records across Asia during its December 2004 release, also stars Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and features fight choreography by legendary masters of martial arts cinema Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
In the opening moments of Stephen Chow's latest hyperactive comedy, Kung Fu Hustle, one can see the many ways that it is unlike most other movies. Within the first 15 minutes, the audience sees ravishing costumes, classic Hollywood backlot-style sets, and an army of dancing, axe-carrying Chinese gangsters. Fans of Chow's largest crossover success, Shaolin Soccer, will not be disappointed by Kung Fu Hustle, as it shares not only many of that film's leading actors, but also the same spirit of innocence and fun combined with the rocket-fueled raw power that made audiences worldwide stand up and pay attention to Stephen Chow. Kung Fu Hustle takes artistic leaps beyond Shaolin Soccer, however, showing just how much Chow (the director, producer, and co-writer of both films) has grown as a filmmaker. While he uses many of the same cartoon-style, special-effects-covered flights of fantasy in Kung Fu Hustle that he used before, Chow delivers many superbly framed shots and perfects his gloriously unique and universally hilarious storytelling style even further. On top of all this, Chow, with the help of legendary fight choreographers Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung, gives the audience some absolutely jaw-dropping, rousing, and innovative kung fu sequences that will surely impress. The warm and fuzzy vibe that Kung Fu Hustle gives off could potentially seem just plain corny to some viewers, especially during the film's slightly unnecessary love story subplot, but the end product is so enjoyable it's easy to forgive any missteps. It is clear that Stephen Chow loves what he's doing and adores the movie he has created. Kung Fu Hustle is a film constantly bursting at the seams with a joyous energy. This contagious and gratifying feeling should spread to anyone who watches the movie and makes it easy to see why the film broke so many box-office records across Asia upon its theatrical release.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
UPC:
0043396120945
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Outtakes & bloopers; Director & cast audio commentary; Behind the scenes of Kung Fu Hustle; Ric Meyers interview with Stephen Chow; Poster gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Chow Sing
Yuen Wah Landlord
Leung Siu Lung The Beast
Dong Zhi Hua Donut
Yuen Qiu Landlady
Chiu Chi-ling Tailor
Xing Yu Coolie
Chan Kwok Kwan Brother Sum
Huang Shengyi Fong
Lam Tze Chung Sing's Sidekick
Feng Xiaogang Crocodile Gang Boss
Lam Suet Axe Gang Vice-head
Tin Kai Man Axe Gang Advisor
Jia Kang Xi Harpist #1
Fung Hark On Harpist #2

Technical Credits
Stephen Chow Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bill Borden Co-producer,Executive Producer
Yang Buting Executive Producer
Second Chan Art Director,Asst. Director
Shirley Chan Costumes/Costume Designer
Leung Chi-Tat Sound/Sound Designer
Wellson Chin Associate Producer
Maggie Choy Makeup
Rita Fung Co-producer
Zhao Haicheng Executive Producer
Poon Hang-sang Cinematographer
David Hung Co-producer,Executive Producer
Lola Huo Screenwriter
Tsang Ken-cheong Screenwriter
Angie Lam Editor
Jeffrey Lau Producer
Chan Man-Keung Screenwriter
Yuen Woo Ping Action Director
Han San Ping Producer
Paul Pirola Sound/Sound Designer
Chui Po-chu Executive Producer
Sammo Hung Action Director
Steven Ticknor Sound/Sound Designer
Raymond Wong Score Composer
Connie Wong Co-producer
Oliver Wong Production Designer
Wang Zhongjun Executive Producer
Wang Zhonglei Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:00]
2. The Axe Gang [:00]
3. Pig Sty Alley [:00]
4. Sing [:00]
5. "Call for Help" [:00]
6. Three Heroes [:00]
7. Sing's Special Skill [:09]
8. To the Rescue [2:34]
9. Just One Kill [3:54]
10. Quick Healer [5:26]
11. Assassins [4:05]
12. One Down [3:14]
13. Super Tailor [5:02]
14. Evened Odds [2:04]
15. The Lion's Roar [4:22]
16. A Warning for Brother Sum [4:22]
17. A Broken Primise [3:11]
18. Mute Memory [1:48]
19. Deep in the Asylum [3:01]
20. The Beast [2:58]
21. Paris & Helen of Troy [2:41]
22. Amplification [3:10]
23. Sing's True Character [1:45]
24. Chrysalis [2:14]
25. His Kung Fu is Strong [4:35]
26. Sing Vs. the Beast [4:01]
27. The Buddhist Palm [3:27]
28. New Starts & Lollipops [4:51]

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Kung Fu Hustle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is stupid, but it's a funny kind of stupid and just right for a nice bit of entertainment. The action scenes are very well choreographed and the characters are all interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. It keeps you guessing right up to the end while leaving many clues. However I wish that there was actually english beeing spoken, the whole film was subtitled so if you can't stand reading subtitles don't get this. Kung Fu hustle has all the qualities of a perfect movie and I am a very tough film critic
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's like "Mortal Kombat", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and "The Matrix" all rolled into one. This kung fu movie has taken the genre to a unusual level. "Kung Fu Hustle" showcases some of the coolest stunts,and some of the freshest EFX ever seen in martial arts movies. It's also packed with unconventional slap happy, quick witted comedy. "Kung Fu Hustle" is cheesy, a bit corney and that's in a good way. For the Hardcore martial arts film watcher, they may take a peek at it. But don't be shy, do the hustle, the Kung Fu Hustle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie bear watching several times as there is so much going on. The ending is a real surprise. Stephen Chow is the next great Chinese world superstar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a superb mixture of comedy, drama, violence and ballet. It should get at least one Oscar for Cinematography this year.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
the acting and comedic genius of Stephen Chow is mesmirising! you have really been cheating yourself if you don't own this movie yet.
TheWriterRight More than 1 year ago
This movie is subtitled, and it very funny. However, if you're one of those people who don't really care for foreign films with subtitles, don't bother. However, it is quite funny, and while some things are exaggerated, they are done so on purpose. This movie has a much deeper meaning beyond all the comedy, which is one of the reason I like it so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a chow fan myself, I must say this is by far the best work he's done. I was absolutely captivated and immediately at home in this very foreign place. This film is so strangely retro and yet tangible. Stephen Chow's name has been around the Chinese cinema for more than twenty years. His special style of dry humor is not only known but also recognized by Chinese viewers as his trademark and uniqueness. It's only until recently with the release of Shaolin soccer did people around the world started to take notice of this Asian pop icon. But when we thought it couldn't get any better, he surprised us with this masterpiece, Kung Fu Hustle. I have never laughed so hard, yet come away feeling as if I had been uplifted. The effects are fierce, and yet organic. The characters are strong, vivid and effective. The imagery and magic of the story and scenery and amazing overwhelmingly inspired soundtrack blend. It's like this film picks you up and never puts you down, doesn't miss a beat, and never spends a fraction of a second too long in any one spot. Viewers will find themselves drawn into the fantasy world of Kung Fu with funny, fascinating characters that blow people's mind away. References to Forrest Gump, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, traditional Chinese Woosha novels can be found in many scenes. I also find myself laughing so hard in several parts. Most of the jokes are easy to understand for they are usually short phrases or body movements. This allows general audiences around the world to get pass the cultural or language barrier and enjoy the atmosphere it's creating. The action scenes are also visually stunning according to the design by famous action designer Yuen Ho Ping (Responsible for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and The Matrix trilogy). But being a Kung Fu watcher, I personally thought it would've been even more superior with less CGI. Overall I give it 5 stars. It's probably the most entertaining Chinese film to date. This one will sure save a spot for Steven Chow in the history of Asian cinema.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With fights choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping, directed and starring Stephen Chow, and slap-stick humor abound, can this movie go wrong? No, this movie delivers on all that it says it will and more. It has great fight scenes, good CG effects, and just enough humor to not take itself too seriously. This movie rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Kung Fu Hustle get an Oscar? Probably not. It is however a funny clever new take on an old genre that was in dire need of something new. I loved this movie because it was what it was and didn't try to be more than that. Anyone who frequents kung fu type movies shouldn't be looking for a linear storyline or in depth characters. They should expect exagerated illistrations of fighting and bad acting, plain and simple. If you want to see a movie that moves you, watch something on Lifetime. If you want to see a sometimes funny, different kind of kung fu movie with a cool story, then this movie is for you. The Assassin scene alone is worth the price of this movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
what a stupid,corny movie. i want my money back.