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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.
My neighbors are probably wondering what the hell is going on in my apt having heard me laughing out loud while revisiting this film! The 3 back to back scenes involving knives, snakes and road runner-esque chase scene were so funny I thought I was going to bust a gut laughing!
Stunning creativity and imagination generate some truly memorable moments! The special effects dept worked overtime and it really shows!
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…
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.
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…
the axe gang boss should've danced more
SUCH a fun movie.
Lighthearted, caricatural fun. Made me giggle a number of times. A bit too much cartoony fooling around, and not enough real Kung Fu fighting to my liking though.
Oh, such fun. I've seen this at least 20 times in the last ten years. There's a few pacing problems, but I can't not love this one.
Naja - ein paar Scherze sitzen, ein paar Schläge auch. Aber das meiste ist CGI-Chaos und selten war eine Geschichte inkohärenter. Höchstens nett.
Der größte Witz bleibt, das Stephen Chow hier schon über 40 ist, aber aussieht wie 19.
It's no Shaolin Soccer, but the best bits are pretty inspired stuff.
This is a great blend of action and comedy with a really good heartfelt story, and Stephen Chow is just a fantastic all around talent! This is really a great movie for all fans of the martial arts genre!
It's like "The Naked Gun" meets a Kung Fu movie and the results are fantastic.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dragon Ball pero con gente real. No está mal
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