For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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!
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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…
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.
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…
A perfect mixture of slap stick and martial arts. One of the best martial arts movies I've ever seen, and it still holds up to this day. Very fast paced, both fight scene and story wise, and does its very best to exclude any filler in between action sequences and dramatic exposition. Stephen Chow isn't an artsy guy, but he does have his own unmistakable style of execution that you can't ignore as art in it's own right. The final 2 fight scenes in this film are only matched or surpassed by a select few films in existence, and overall is living proof that if Dragonball: Evolution had remained under Chow's control, it wouldn't have suck quite as bad.
- The Spork Guy
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 Chefs (Gong Fu Chu Shen) stars legend of Hong Kong Sammo Hung. Film may not win positive audience but it is almost wonderful entertainment to receive combo of food-and-Kung Fu menu.
Preparando para Shaolin Soccer...
No, Rocky week isn't over. I just wanted to recommend a film that I feel that more people should see.
Kung Fu Hustle, directed by legendary Hong Kong comedy actor Stephen Chow, tells the chronicles of Sing, a low-life who aspires to join the Axe Gang. As the movie continues, we delve into Sing's life, as hilarity and kung fu awesomeness are apparent.
Ok, it is obvious that I cannot make a proper review of this movie, so I'll make it short and snappy. WATCH. THIS. FILM. IF. YOU. LIKE. KUNG. FU. MOVIES. By the big man above, please watch this movie. If any of you have any power of your local cinema, please ask them to show this movie. Anyone that loves kung fu movies should watch this. PLEASE.
The cinephile-gasm has ended. Rocky Week will continue shortly.
Hachas, chacras y grito
Just saw this for the first time and I ended really enjoying this one. Had me laughing and enjoying myself the whole time lol. My major problem with this film though sadly is a lack of focus on the main character. I felt like it focus on too many side characters at time and kinda hurt my enjoyment of the film a little bit. But yes I watched this film subbed and I would say it worthy of a watch through.
Just go into this film blind.
It will be the funniest and craziest 99 minutes of your life.
Comedies don't get any more surreal than this.
This is what I'd imagine a live action looney tunes kung fu movie would be like. The action is extremely over the top and goofy, and for the first half I was so confused as to whether or not I really liked this movie or just bewildered by it. As the movie went on I became some what numb to its weirdness and really got into it. I bought this movie kind of blindly the other day only seeing parts of it on tv and not knowing what I was getting into, but I did actually enjoy it a lot and am glad I bought it. The biggest issue I would have with it is I do not think I could recommend it to anyone because I have no clue what other people would think of this movie.
One of life regrets: I could have been watching this movie for the past 10 years.
So much fun!!
The fact that the English dubbing and the English subtitles were only similar, but not identical, made it even funnier.
This was so full of awesomesauce I don't even know where to start. Just don't make my mistake and wait any longer than you have to to see this indescribable gem.
I don't myself, but those of you who use mind altering substances would probably enjoy using them while watching this.
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