Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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.
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 19: China
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…
Since I just saw Stephen Chow's new film, The Mermaid, I thought I'd talk about my favorite of his films, which is also one of my all time favorites. This is a brilliant action comedy that masterfully combines the two genres, making it equally laugh-out-loud funny and thrilling. It also balances out some very emotional and poignant moments. These tones might sound jarring, but it does this so well that it works. Chow is a master of his craft. The action blends beautifully choreographed martial arts with Looney Tunes style wackiness, and it always works. Suspension of disbelief is necessary with this film, as characters get their face punched through the floor in one scene, and in the next that…
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
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!
You'll either love it or hate it. This is slapstick insanity at the highest level. This movie is like a live action cartoon with some really bad ass fight sequences mixed in.
The Axe Gang has taken over much of china. The only safe places are poor districts that they have no interest in. A man named Sing wants to join them. Much of the film is his struggle between good and evil.
There are times when the slapstick goes to far and feels far too silly. There are also moments that may bring you to tears. One scene involves a young boys attempt to save a someone from getting bullied only to get severely beaten himself.
The film still has problems, in tone, pacing, and certain plot developments don't make any sense. Overall its a fun ride. I recommend it on the basis that you understand what your about see.
This makes me want to see more of Stephen Chow's films.
Jerry Lewis+Cheh Chang+Chaplin=this
Goofy, odd, funny, weird, imperfect, absolutely entertaining.
I have seen this at least a dozen times. This is my favorite Stephen Chow film. This movie is a ton of fun and a high recommend for fans of zany films. Some amazing fight sequences. I can't say enough good things about this movie. It holds up and is incredibly entertaining.
Task # 26: A film with a fast motion scene
KUNG FU HUSTLE is non-sensical, childish, and campy but it works. Stephen Chow has a very unique visual style that gives the film a fresh take on the martial arts genre.
It's cartoonish and doesn't take itself seriously. The over the top nature of the film and constant unrealistic action eventually began to lose it's wonder. I mentally checked out in several parts due to overload.
While it's certainly not Citizen Kane, it sure is one of the more fun action comedies from the 2000's.
Kung Fu Hustle is good.
Looney Tunes meet 1970's martial arts movies meets a vast array of pop culture. Tons of fun.
One star for the first twenty minutes. That's it.
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