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Kung Fu Hustle
From walking disaster to kung fu master.
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.
My neighbors are probably wondering what the hell is going on in my apt having heard me laughing out loud while revisiting this film! The 3 back to back scenes involving knives, snakes and road runner-esque chase scene were so funny I thought I was going to bust a gut laughing!
Stunning creativity and imagination generate some truly memorable moments! The special effects dept worked overtime and it really shows!
No more soccer!
I had the misfortune of not having a single good movie in the last 8 films I watched so I needed palate cleanser. Something guaranteed to bring me viewing pleasure and bring me joy for roughly 2 hours. Enter Kung Fu Hustle.
What other film can you watch that will spoof a Road Runner cartoon and pay homage to Way of the Dragon moments later? The same film that will have two characters in a death scene quote lines from Spider-Man, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and The Untouchables all in the same exchange. It's like a pop culture martial arts party.
If that sounds a little crazy, then you get a good idea about what kind of martial arts is in the film as well. It crosses the line of reality and doesn't care. It's all the better for it.
I'm just happy from beginning to end when I watch this.
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Fun, frantic, and funny, Kung Fu Hustle is an odd beast - reveling in its own goofiness, yet somehow supremely earnest, Stephen Chow obviously knows his cinema (the shot of Sing and Fong mirroring Astaire and Rogers was sublime), and works to throw everything together into a convincing narrative; Tex Avery cartoons and Bruce Lee exploitationers are just some of the genres skewered in Chow's tornado of referential machismo. Slapstick, verbal barbs, and absurdism add to the light-hearted humor of the piece.
Unfortunately, not all the jokes stick. Chow himself does a fine job playing semi-foil to the anarchy around him, but he's a much better action star than a comedian. And while I…
What a delightfully zany action film this turned out to be! I recall reading that it was partially a comedy, but absolutely nothing could have prepared me for this. What I got was a hilarious cocaine-induced Kung fu action film that kept me on the edge of my seat frand m start to finish.
A neighborhood is consistently under attack from a Chinese gang, but they have their own protection- most of the locals are super-enhanced fighters who are specially trained in martial arts, prepared for any fight. A Shanghai local named Sing dreams of joining the notorious "Axe Gang," but he inadvertently initiates a turf war between the local residents and the gang members, resulting in some of the…
Kung Fu Hustle is a really fun martial arts movie by director Stephen Chow, who also directed Shaolin Soccer, another really good movie. This movie has many funny scenes, many great, over-the-top action scenes and it looks gorgeous. Also, the music is really nice. And it has a good plot, unlike some other action movies (John Wick, The Raid 1). Recommended!
a student is on one side of a raging river. there are no bridges. he has no boat. he shouts out to the master on the opposite bank. “How do I get to the other side?” the master shouts back: “You are on the other side.”
"Why do they always want to do it the hard way?" -- Wile E. Coyote
An insane action comedy that has off the wall fight sequences. A would be gangster must learn to be good in this very funny and totally crazy movie.
A fantastic comedy and kung fu movie. So much fun to watch.
Shanghai dans les années 40, un gang tout puissant s’attaque à un petit village reculé … sans se douter que celui-ci abrite des champions de Kung-fu.
Petit ovni que je n’ai pas vu arriver. Dès la scène d’intro dans le commissariat on est plongé directement dans le bain : visuellement c’est très beau (surtout les chorégraphies, Chine oblige, il y a beaucoup de figurants et tous sont synchronisés), scénaristiquement cela tient la route même si l’histoire est simple, c’est drôle et malin, un peu violent mais pas trop (presque parodique) et même si je ne connaissais aucuns acteurs, on se laisse prendre au jeu et on rentre dans l’histoire très facilement.
Bien sûr tout n’est pas parfait : les effets…
Best experienced after a heavy smoke session. Some of the side effects are similar. Clouded vision, confusion, detachment from reality and uncontrollable laughter. Kung Fu Hustle is a kick to the head in movie form.
The movie takes notes from many films that have come before it. If you're completely unfamiliar with this kind of martial arts comedy, you may be mistaken in thinking Kung Fu Hustle is a completely original film. The 90s were packed with these movies that nearly wore the idea out. Kung Fu Hustle takes the Spinal Tap route and turns it up to 11. An elaborate use of special effects and surprisingly great martial arts sequences put this film very close to the top of…
If you watched kung pow you'll like it
I just don't get the fascination with this film.
Nearly not as fun as when I first saw it, back in 2005. The humor is bland, CGI is horrible and kinda makes the movie look cheap. There are still a good joke or two but below average, nowadays.
Hysterical. Like a bugs bunny episode. Good entertainment, and beautiful executed. Nice piece of cinema. One of a kind.
lustiger Kung Fu Streifen. #HandBuddhas #nichtdu #Axtgang
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