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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.
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…
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!
"Artificial" is an unflattering word I'd use to describe the film's effects work, goofy fun as it sometimes is, but considering I was worried about revisiting it after over a decade, it still worked out in the end. While I remembered the weird overt Hollywood homages and the Looney Tunes-infused comedy and action, I had long forgotten how warm and progressive the film is. It's like a nice hug with charming characters, containing next to no cynicism and being generally very sweet, and it sets up stereotypes only to play with them.
Another wonderful masterpiece from the mind of Stephen Chow.
Maybe not as funny as others, but has more jaw-dropping setpieces than you can shake a stick at.
This is my third Stephen Chow movie so I expected the slapstick and bordering on gross humor which I usually dislike but his films are just too enjoyable to stay away from. I love how this movie paid homage to both kung fu movies and westerns, resulting in really interesting and colorful imagery. The action scenes are crazy and fun, and so are the characters (loveee the landlady). So many pop culture and kung fu movie references if you know where to spot them (the ones in the death scene had me laughing). Surprisingly, some of the action scenes felt a lil dragging to me after a while but this film also reminded me why I love watching kung fu movies. The fight choreography literally made me go "wooooow" out loud multiple times. Pretty fun movie, though not as hilarious as I expected (still when the jokes work, they work really well).
I had broken the six laugh test within the first minute. It gets better from then in.
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A bit disjointed (especially in the middle), but goofy and over-the-top. It has that post-Matrix utterly ludicrous fight thing going on. Lots of nods to story expectations, traditional martial art film characters, wrapped up in a varied photography style.
Needed a chill night, so threw this on some wacky, bloody kung fu fun. Such a great movie.
Will only attract a tiny movie demographic. It has its merits. Looks good and the action is well choreographed but is heavily cartoonish.
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