A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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
Hilarious, OTT fun from start to finish.
Still waiting for the bit where Stephen Chow beats up random bad guys whilst doing The Hustle.
Excerpted from The Film Stage list of 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century: After years of culturally specific comedies — including collaborations with fellow Hong Kong superstar auteur Johnnie To — 2001’s Shaolin Soccer arguably put Stephen Chow on the radar for many western critics, but his real breakthrough in the United States was Kung Fu Hustle. A meld of classic Hong Kong martial arts sensibilities and a visual style equally indebted to King Hu and Chuck Jones, this is an endless fountain of comic invention. Filled with memorable characters — Qiu Yuen’s perpetually irritated landlord is an easy highlight — crisp action scenes, and starring an endearingly doofy anti-hero, Kung Fu Hustle both pokes fun at and honors a stalwart cinematic tradition.
Kung Fu Hustle is extremely wacky and beyond bizarre but its action sequences are actually quite beautiful. The characters are cliched yet unique, and the humor is silly yet sophisticated.
"the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy".
Couldn't have said it better myself, Bill.
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What a comedy should be.
Hilarious and all the Kung fu scenes are amazing
Pure fun, though as most over-the-top action it drags on a little too long. Definitely worth a watch with the gang.
I want to watch a fun movie.
I love arthouse films, but sometimes I just want to have fun, so…