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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…
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
I hadn't seen this since it was released a decade ago, but it strikes me that in all that time since Marvel has released like 30 superhero movies and not a one of them is half as entertaining, imaginative and profound as this. And it runs only 99 minutes.
Things I learned on rewatching:
1. Lam Suet! Lam Suet is in this!
2. The landlord and landlady (types in homage to Chor Yuen's The House of 72 Tenants, a non-action movie that was Hong Kong's biggest hit of 1973, topping even the mighty Bruce Lee) are played by Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu. Yuen Wah, of course, is a longtime stuntman and actor (you can see him as the villain…
This film just makes me laugh so much! I love it!!!!
FUCK YEAH, all the emotions in just one movie !
Easily the funniest kung fu movie around. This movie is so Chinese to me, now that I've seen it as an adult. Celebrating the farmers, the poor, and the roustabouts as possible kung fu masters makes the politics of this film (and China) clear: ordinary people are great; it's great to be ordinary. To be a kung fu master is to set yourself apart, which is something you should avoid and be ashamed of (except when it comes time to kick butt).
If you ever wondered what a kung fu Western directed by Chuck Jones might look like, then Stephen Chow has the film for you.
Stephen Chow manages to blend side splitting humour, martial arts, cartoon crazy antics, special effects and referential humour so effectively into an entertaining visual feast.
Un film scemo supercitazionista girato da un virtuoso della cinepresa.
No hay ningún valor positivo que pueda destacar en Kung Fu Sion. Pero ninguno. Para empezar, el verla doblada al castellano me ha hecho dudar de si se trata de una comedia consciente o si es una película muy mala a la que le han hecho un "Humor amarillo". Y es que el insoportable doblaje roba todo el protagonismo a una trama que es, francamente, una bazofia. No hay forma de tragar esta inconexa sucesión de mamarrachadas, personajes sin ningún desarrollo y efectos visuales y digitales de la peor calaña.
La vi hace ya varios años, rodeado de amigos y algo borracho, y recuerdo haberme reído bastante. Conociéndome, probablemente a los 10 minutos comencé a redoblar la película en voz alta con mis propias ideas de adolescente ebrio y me quedó algo más divertido. Ni con un palo. Ni con una pértiga. Ni con un puntero láser. Atroz y bochornosa.
Cuando el CGI está tan bien integrado y es tan divertido, compensa el resto de usos comodín vacíos de imaginación que se hacen en el mundo. Y son muchos. Y compensa la mayoría.
Endiabladamente imaginativa, tal vez a ratos demasiado como para seguir involucrado en la historia si la hubiera. A veces se echa un poco de menos que tenga los pies en el suelo pero entonces algo te vuelve a llamar la atención visualmente y te olvidas de los problemas que pudieras tener. Hasta que vuelven a aparecer. Y te pasas toda la película así. Pero al final, el resultado medio de la experiencia es JODER, ME LO HE PASADO BIEN.
Y joder. Me lo he pasado bien. Viéndola e imaginando lo difícil que ha de ser ahora conseguir la pasta para hacer algo así. Ahora y entonces.
Todo lo que necesito saber sobre el kung fu está en esta película.
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