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…
From the creators of Shaolin Soccer comes another rollicking, roisterous & batshit crazy feature that presents its filmmaker in tremendous form, brings more craziness to the screen than his previous effort, and packs a ridiculous yet riveting premise that brims with genuine warmth to finish as one of the zaniest examples of its genre.
Kung Fu Hustle tells the story of a wannabe gangster who aspires to join the most notorious gang in the city. But when he & his friend stumble into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords, their action eventually leads to an all-out war between the slumlords, who are kung fu masters in disguise, and the very gang he wants to be a part of.
Co-written, co-produced & directed by…
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!
Haha you could see that one guy's bum
promise promise promise to come back to this
Way less fun and much looser than I remember, but still pretty good.
For some reason I got the impression this would be too broad and cheesy for my taste, and put off watching it. Well it's plenty broad, but it's over-the-top Looney Tunes take on kung fu movie tropes was hugely entertaining. An assortment of fun characters, and an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink action style made for a very watchable and appealing film.
It's wacky, it's zany, it makes no sense, but you love it nonetheless.
best film of the 2000s, fight me.
So, so, so, so, so silly. Equal parts cringe and hilarity. A cartoon come to life (take that Speed Racer!) with creativity, lessons, and heart.
I mean it's utter nonsense but the music, choreography and characters are excellent and the whole thing is so gonzo but in a totally realised way that it ends up to be a zippy, entertaining movie throughout.
Homages to Spiderman, the Shining, and Silence of the lambs
Looney Tunes style Kung-fu insanity. Wonderful stuff.
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