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Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.

Also Known As: Kung-Fu-Sion, Tuyet Dinh Kung Fu, Κουνγκ Φου... Ζιο, Kung-fusión, Koungk fou... zio, Kung Fu Zão, Kung-Fusão, Gong fu Hong, Кунг-фу тупалки, Kung Fusion, Kung Fu la gramada, Kung fu, Mirattal Adi, Kung Fu Szal, Kung Fu Hustle, Kung-fu mela Czech, Разборки в стиле Кунг-фу, Kung fu mürgel, Розбiрки в стилi Кунг-фу, A pofonok földje, Kung Fu sion, Kung fu frka, Crazy kung-fu

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  • tymoteusz-szatanik
    tymoteusz szatanik

    my friendly neighbourhood video store manager recommended this film to me and so i rented it, since he’s never steered me wrong before. the packaging claims the film has a “Tarantino-like” quality to it. but what decided it for me was that i recognized the choreographer; the same man who choreographed CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, Woo Ping Yuen. and to my surprise, i thoroughly enjoyed this movie. it DID have a Tarantino-like edge to it. it also had a touch of The Matrix, and a pinch of the romance in Braveheart, and the magical quality we saw in Crouching Tiger. this movie had me belly-laughing, it was so funny! a self-parody, it mixes fantasy, comedy, and great action sequences very well and has a magical quality as i said that i really appreciated. i found it unconventional, touching, and absolutely HILARIOUS. subtitled in English, these movies have come a long long way from the chop-sake films i used to take in in the seventies in Chinese theatres where the subtitling was unintentionally hilarious. Kung-Fu Hustle wasn’t a one-note film. it covered a number of territories and covered them surprisingly well. if you’ve never seen a Chinese action film before, and are used to Jackie Chan films, you may not know what to make of this film. but i can almost guarantee that it will make you laugh out loud. great cast with uniquely drawn characters, great un-stereotyped hero, sweet heroine, flying martial arts, Shakespearean “aside” characters, fantasy, terrific comedy, and an abrupt ending. i found myself wishing for more. all in all, completely enjoyable.

  • asuncion-tamayo-rojas
    asuncion tamayo rojas

    This movie has everything–comedy, drama, pathos, incredible action, slapstick, great acting, a great story, wildly inventive absurdity, actual thematic threads (a long gone element in US films), moments of sheer poetry, and genuine heart. In true HK style, it has a bit of everything. Not only was it a much, much better martial arts film than either the more respected “Hero” or “House of Flying Daggers,” it was a much better film, period. In fact, “Kung Fu Hustle” was one of the best movies of any kind I’ve seen this year.It’s great that Columbia Pictures/Sony Classics gave this movie a US release with only minor cuts (which, now that I’ve seen the uncut HK version, should have been left in). But it is obvious that they had no idea how to market it, though they spent a lot of money trying. They pushed it only for its comedic elements, positioning it in the media as a wacky spoof of Kung Fu movies, like “Blazing Saddles” was for westerns–which it is not!But I don’t really blame Columbia for Kung Fu Hustles weak stateside box office–I blame those morons at Miramax! Yeah, you heard me you two! I think that this great movie would have found a much bigger audience if Miramax, the US distributor of Chow’s previous film, “Shaolin Soccer,” hadn’t so utterly botched that film’s US release, showing it heavily cut in only a couple of theatres before dumping it unceremoniously onto video. While not all Americans are familiar with the conventions of the HK Kung Fu flicks of the Seventies (which admittedly does help when viewing Kung Fu Hustle) EVERYONE in the US knows soccer. I think Soccer could have been a US smash along the lines of Crouching Tiger, if handled properly.In a perfect world, the more easily digestible “Shaolin Soccer” would have been Chow’s huge US hit, paving the way in the American public imagination for this far superior follow up. If Chow had become the US star he should have a couple of years ago, Americans would have lined up for Hustle even if they had never seen a kung fu movie in their lives. But it was not to be. People didn’t know who Chow was and couldn’t tell what kind of film was being marketed; they went into the theatres expecting to see a dumbass gross out parody and left disappointed.It’s just not right that more folks in the US haven’t seen this great film. Let’s hope for a second life in the USA from good DVD sales.ps–and by the way, I don’t think Kung Fu Hustle is really doing parodies of either The Matrix or Reservoir Dogs as is way too often mentioned in reviews. Both of those flicks borrowed HEAVILY from previous Hong Kong movies so I think it much more likely that Chow was referencing the original Hong Kong movies, with which he and other Asians would be most familiar, not the American imitators.

  • pocius-ingrida
    pocius ingrida

    I did not know what to expect of this movie other than what the trailer showed, but I was completely blown away by this film! Not only does it pay homage to the Matrix and Spiderman as well as Looney Tune cartoons but the opening with the butterfly paid homage to the Men In Black with the dragonfly flying through the opening credits. From that point on, I was totally swept up in the movie and the 95 or so minutes seemed to go by in no time at all! The effects were well within the atmosphere presented by this action/comedy and I found myself laughing at all the jokes presented as well as feeling for the character of Sing as he blundered his way through trying to be a gangster even though he was way in over his head.Scene after scene flowed with maybe some exceptions here and there, but all in all held together and kept my attention. I, too could have watched this movie without the subtitles and have enjoyed it just as much. The tonal sounds of Brother Sum, the language itself added to the beauty of this film, I could close my eyes and listen to it and be swept away. If the language was not so hard to master at such a point this far in my life, I would love to be able to learn it just to get the true dialogue they were speaking.From the background story of Sing to the rag tag collection of people living in Pig Sty Alley to the seemingly inept but fear in sheer numbers of the Axe Gang, this film has enough characters to satisfy anyone. They each have a place in the movie and I don’t think it would be the same without them.The story, cinematography, the effects(at times obviously CG but they fit within the context of the film), the characters and even the music all make this a memorable viewing, enough to put this in my collection of films that I could watch over and over without growing tired of it.There is so much I actually enjoyed of this film, I would love to dig deeper into the career of Stephen Chow. I had not heard of him before this viewing, but I would like to see if his other films were as entertaining.If you like movies that have martial arts, enough action and comedy to spare with a story strong enough to hold it all together, I would recommend you catch this movie. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD!

  • torok-karoly
    torok karoly

    This movie is a highly creative and stylized action film from the Hong Kong kung fu genre.A lot of wit, slapstick, visual effects, killer kung fu, and a unique plot offer an incredibly fun and entertaining film. Wonderful acting and directing has elevated this film to a level, on par with with other unique and innovative films like Crouching Tiger or The Matrix.At one time I hated all kung fu movies (like most, I could only tolerate Bruce Lee and couldn’t understand goofy HK kung fu cinema.) Thanks to films like this, I now look forward to edgy modern kung fu movies. Two thumbs up!

  • osvaldo-fiore
    osvaldo fiore

    I have mostly good things to say about Stephen Chow’s latest movie.Kung Fu Hustle, for the most part, is unlike Chow’s previous, award-winning action-comedy, Shaolin Soccer, although he has obviously continued the martial arts theme and expanded (massively) his repertoire of sfx.I am a Chow fan, beginning from the times when he relied on a deadpan expression, toilet humour, spoofs of other movies and books, and good-ending, heart-warming, small-town/village boy-makes-good story lines.Some of those elements are noticeably absent in KFH. Ng Man Tat is missing, as is the customary female attraction (the main female character has little screen time). The cast of SS is back (excepting Ng), and the goalkeeper of that movie in particular has a roaring time here as the leader of Axe Gang.But of course, when it comes to KFH, one must talk about the sfx. In themselves they are creatively-done and quite out of the world. As part of the film, one might ask, has Chow stumbled into the cinematic abyss that has caught so many of Hollywood’s directors who dabble in the black arts of sfx? Thankfully, the answer is no. True, KFH, unlike SS, is weak on story and characters, which has been characteristic of recent Western yawns such as Van Helsing, Blade Trinity etc. In this, Chow has stepped away from the formula which made SS not just a sfx extravaganza but a successful story. In contrast KFH is a bundle of action sequences thrown together to showcase the sfx.But the wit and cheekiness of Chow remains. It is gratifying that the fun and sarcasm that has been a hallmark of his acting career have translated themselves well into films that he has produced and directed.So in KFH we have Chow spoofing the clichés of Chinese martial arts stories: the retired martial arts couple who become petty scrooge and lecher, the heroes who save the neighbourhood (one of them gay) end up getting dispatched soon after, and the con beggar who sells a wu ling mi ji to a naive boy.Because of the spoofs, the sfx don’t become spectacles in themselves, but help to drive the madness upward. Highly-skilled sitar players strum out blades and ghouls in battle, a pugilist using the Toad’s Skill croaks and blows out his lower mouth like one, Chow ascends into the skies as he masters the Buddha’s Palm with a eagle in the distance, the engrossing mass battle with the black-clad Axe Gangsters, lifted from the Matrix movies. It is all mad, irreverent and at times even affecting.Still, I do yearn for the good o’ Chow. The sfx are fun and crazy. But surely the funniest bit in the film has got to be the knife-throwing sequence. That is good o’ Chow. So I don’t mind, just bring on the Chow, be it old or new, in the next year.

  • marvin-ferrari
    marvin ferrari

    Hi all, I started watching Kung-fu hustle out of sheer boredom on my flight to Japan. I expected it to be another boring martial arts movie with clichéd story lines and bad acting. What I found was an amazingly entertaining, crazy, novel story with slap-stick comedy that had me laughing my *ss off loud. Stephen Chow is definitely putting China on the world cinema map with his genre of movies. The action is of course not real and has used computer effects – but I don’t believe Chow is trying impress everyone just by having real martial arts a la Ongbak. He is an entertainer like Jackie Chan was in his prime. He even takes a cheeky punt at western movies like the Matrix and Spider-man which is pretty cool. The story of Kung-fu hustle itself is set in a sort of 70’s China and people like me who love travelling and different cultures get a real feel of being in China. The story throws up a lot of crazy surprises like that of a children’s fairy tale and is very funny and refreshing. I watched Kung-fu hustle a few times now and bought it on DVD and cant wait for his next movie. Kung-fu hustle gets a well deserved 9/10

  • matevz-furlan
    matevz furlan

    A dream of a kid? Remember the bum who sell manuals? If the story about Sing really happens, bum shall be some 20 years older than he first showed up when Sing was a small kid. But at the ending part, he looks the same age with before, trying to sell some “more powerful” kung fu manuals. There may be other explanations, but to read this part in a real-life way, it means he is the one who is selling dream manuals, and Sing is just like normal people who just bought one and then,made a dream.Most importantly, the changing age of adult Sing and the Deaf girl back to young kid at the ending part gave a huge hint that they still at their kid age throughout the movie. The Butt boy, Bucktooth Jane, tailor, landlord etc showed in the end also implies that they are not legendary guys in the movie, they are just normal people like u and me. All the stories are a dream done by young Sing. He has evil minds indeed, but he wishes to be a good guy, he wishes greater power will happen to him so that can save at least his girlfriend, and then if possible, save the world. This is a dream not only for him, it is a dream for all movie fans, and also a dream for people in normal life.We go to theatres so we also have dreams. This film is 10 out of 10, because it gives us many implications. One of them is: there are many ways to make a dream. Don’t know how? Here is one!

  • maria-raja
    maria raja

    Move over Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow is in town. Yes, he is good and way more humorous than Jackie “I wish I was funny” Chan. The truth is that Jackie Chan tries to look too adorable in his action flicks. He never suffers the way the hero in KUNG FU SHUFFLE did. Yes, this movie delivered ALL the good on all cylinders. I liked that mean dude who turned into a bull frog a lot. That was intense. And when he punched the dude in the face super hard and made his face go into the ground? That was just plain SICK! Also, that lady with the hair curlers was awesome. At first she seemed mean, but then we learn different. How did she become so powerful?

  • teresa-gregorio-madrid-tejada
    teresa gregorio madrid tejada

    Being a complete sourpuss when it comes to most comedic film offerings from the last three decades (though I attribute a lot of that to inanity rather than taking full credit for being a wet blanket), I find that when there is a film that makes me laugh so hard that I am concerned about the possibility of a stroke, I have no choice but to rave about it. So having said that, consider this a rave review of Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle”.While the film itself was entertaining, the prospect of summarizing the scattered plot is not. Set in 1940’s Shanghai, “Kung Fu Hustle” basically centers on a tenement ruled over by a mean, chain-smoking landlady (Qiu Yuen) and her whipped husband (Wah Yuen). When someone deigns to complain about the fact that they don’t have enough water to take a quick shower, she pounds them senseless, with everyone standing by completely helpless. Flip to another part of town, where the notorious “Axe Gang”, a deadly bunch of dancing, axe wielding guys are wreaking havoc on a city that can’t even be protected by the police. The two areas of town don’t concern themselves with one another until a wannabe member of the Axe Gang, Sing (Stephen Chow) and his sidekick (Chi Chung Lam) poses as a member in the tenement to extort money, causing a series of events to occur in the tenement that wind up with most of the Axe Gang either killed or injured and Brother Sum (Kwok Kuen Chan), the leader of the gang, to do everything in his power to wreak revenge on both the tenement and its occupants, particularly those who act as its safeguards.As I mentioned earlier, there were a lot of parts that I found so funny that I was either finding myself almost lightheaded from laughing so hard, or finding myself obnoxious because I would struggle to recoup in order to read the subtitles in time to not miss anything. While there are several movie “in jokes” (even one dedicated to Chow’s prior film “Shaolin Soccer”) it was the sight gags that really did it for me. The chase between Landlady and Sing and especially the knife scene with Sing and his sidekick were brilliant slapstick. A lot of the action was extremely over the top, and complimented by some pretty decent CGI work.While anyone who has seen “Shaolin Soccer” knows that Chow does not employ a normal cast of “heroes”, it was still interesting to see that for the most part, almost anyone who could have heroic qualities attributed to them did not fit the “normal” model. As a matter of fact, several of the major players in the film were middle aged or even elderly, a notion that is both funny and refreshing for anyone who looks for something a little different in their heroes. Surprisingly, there was also a very well conceived scene in the middle of the film involving two professional assassins who are trying to kill the main defenders of the tenement that I found to actually be a pretty kick-ass action sequence. Despite a couple of gags here and there, until the end when the Landlady got involved, the scene was playing off like something I would say “cooool” in an awed tone about in a Tarantino film or something. So while the film was overall one of the funniest I’ve seen in recent memory, there were a couple of great moments of highly stylized action.”Kung Fu Hustle” wasn’t a perfect film by any means, but the criticisms I have about it are completely nitpicky. For instance, the romance between Sing and the mute girl was just kind of thrown in, though some of it was necessary for background on his character. And a purely aesthetic complaint; I wanted more dancing by the Axe Gang. Chow shouldn’t have teased us with the little bit that they danced and then abruptly take it away for the rest of the film. Hey, it’s a review – I’ve got to air the good and the bad.But since the good outweighs the bad exponentially, I highly recommend “Kung Fu Hustle” to just about anyone because of both its action and comedic elements. For making me laugh to the point of near-aneurysm, “Kung Fu Hustle” gets a solid 8/10.

  • alojzija-bregar
    alojzija bregar

    I gave this movie a “10” because I just thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I won’t go into details about the story because there are plenty of other comments that do that. What I will say is that even though I read a couple of good reviews about this movie, I wasn’t prepared for what a wonderful experience sitting through this movie would give me. While the plot was fairly simple and it was definitely an action film, there were just so many things that surprised me throughout the movie. There were times in the film where I had to applaud – it was such a “feel good” movie and I left the theater with the same HUGE smile on my face that was on my face for about 90% of the movie.If you haven’t seen this film yet, don’t read anything else about it – just GO so you can experience it for yourself without anybody’s opinions coloring your judgment. GO and see this film. It’s pure entertainment.

  • lic-adriana-noriega
    lic adriana noriega

    This movie had me wondering much. It was stupid and random yet it spoke to me in such a strange way. It was incredibly mixed up and it worked very well. It’s probably one of the most original pieces of movie art I’ve ever layed my eyes on. Though I was very optimistic in the first place. I didn’t really doubt it. But, I still didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a totally unpredictable “drama” comedy. I also have to give credit to a Chinese director making this great piece of work. No offense to other Chinese directors. I have seen many varieties of great stuff from the orient. But, absolutely nothing like this. Great action. Completely original. Somewhat beautiful. I give it ****** out of ******

  • clarisa-gheorghiu
    clarisa gheorghiu

    I don’t know where to start with this movie. My expectations were blown away. In fact, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But let me tell you that the experience was worth more than my disgustingly overpriced admission. With the popcorn and drink on top of it.Perhaps i’ll start with the least important element of the movie. Firstly, Kung Fu Hustle has officially replaced all other overblown martial arts films by a long shot. The fighting in this movie is spectacular. Half the fights are so loaded with creativity it makes fighting movies look like something you’ve seen for the first time. The CG is great. The other half are part parodies of other films, and they are hilarious as well as spectacular. In fact, I need to see this a second time because there are a ton of movie references in it I don’t think I’ve caught yet. Depending on your library of watched films, you’ll catch more of them. I got quite a few and they were well done.And here’s the most important part about this movie. This is where Kung Fu Hustle succeeds where so many other martial arts movies fail. It has a believable, simple, touching, intertwined and well flowing story. I can’t tell you how many times where I’ve walked out of a martial arts – or even action – movie, and been immensely disappointed because the fighting and explosions were great, but the rest of it simply fell short. These movies are typically way unbalanced.But Stephen Chow is talented enough to take both elements of the movie to their rightful place. I don’t know how he did it, but it worked. The acting is incredibly enjoyable. The plot is likable. The fighting will make your jaw drop. And all the fighting actually has something to do with the story. It’s absolutely amazing.If you’re tired of action movies not making the mark, go see this one. Now. 10/10.

  • wojciech-winkler
    wojciech winkler

    There is no score high enough for this… except Stephen Chow is a Kung Fu Director/Writer/Producer GENIUS! Mr. Chow does for movies what Jimi Hendrix did for guitars… My guess is that all Hollywood directors are saying “you can do that?!?”…just thought of this…Hollywood Director: “you can do that?!?”Mr. Stephen Chow: “you want to learn?”Hollywood Director (bowing): “… yes, Master.”After this movie the history of movies will have 2 time periods: pre-Mr. Chow and post-Mr. Chow.20 out of 10.-Zafoid

  • brandy-thompson-dvm
    brandy thompson dvm

    I saw this movie yesterday and it is definitely one of the best movies that was made in the history of Hong Kong. The plot itself is simple, and the storyline is all about kung fu. Yet, it is not just a funny comedy about kung fu. It is more than that. Somehow it is similar to Harry Potter (in this case is wizard) or animations by Hayao Miyazaki in which a world of imagination is created. The characters in the film are so funny and classic. Most of them appeared in some of Stephen Chow’s movies before but because the context of every movie is different, the overall result is hilarious. This is a movie that make Hong Kong people proud. I hope it will be a box office success in other countries too. I think I’ll definitely buy the movie DVD for my personal collection.

  • alek-sandre-ch-xeize
    alek sandre ch xeize

    I liked Shaolin Soccer, it was full of laughs and Stephen Chow has done it again with Kung Fu Hustle. It’s not in the same vein as Shaolin Soccer and it is not a belly full of laughs, but it certainly emphasised his love of action movies especially Martial Art movies. The film pays homage to all those Hong Kong Martial Arts Serials, Bruce Lee and the action genre in general. I would even say that Kung Fu Hustle is a more refined Shoalin Soccer in terms of storyline, action sequences and acting.The setting is great with some nice scenes of old Hong Kong and the way people used to live. The fight scenes were pretty good, especially at the start with the three masters fighting the Axe Gang. Okay, the story was predictable but that didn’t take away the enjoyment one bit.Overall, it is a highly recommended movie to watch and I can’t wait for his next film.

  • megan-gallegos
    megan gallegos

    In the wildly imaginative and action-packed Kung Fu Hustle, petty thief Sing (Stephen Chow) aspires to be a ruthless gangster. Stumbling across a gang-controlled apartment to extort money from the locals who are actually kung fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions attracts the notorious Axe Gang, and set off a relentless chain of events that brings the clans together in an explosive battle.From kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you’ve never seen martial arts action this outrageous! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yeun Wo Ping (famed action choreographer of Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2 and The Matrix) Kung Fu Hustle will blow you away! Chow’s movie is set in 1940s Guangdong Province, China. Chow plays Ah-xing, a street rascal who fools around constantly. He is good at talking glibly, but at the core he is feeble-minded and stuck in poverty with an unknown future. So, it doesn’t look good for A-xing at the beginning of the movie.It doesn’t get any better, either a little later as we discover it is A-xing’s goal is to become a member of the notorious Axe Gang, the fiercest, cruelest and most widespread gang of the city.One day when A-xing goes into a slum, Pig Cage Town, to do his usual extortion, he witnesses a real clash between two gangs: the Axe Gang is clearing out a local gang that has not shown allegiance to the Axe. A-xing realizes the slum residents — including the plump landlady and her skinny and wimpy-looking husband — have each turned into kung-fu masters to fight against the large group of gangs.A-xing then realizes this is a battle between good and evil and that he is called to choose one side.Stephen Chow continues his unique comedy style, twisting the slapstick jokes and reinterpreting them with his composed face. In Kung Fu Hustle, Chow intensifies the self-torture sequences and creates more funny points in his suffering. For example, when Chow shows his characters practising kung-fu while faced by a middle-aged woman in the slum, he is quickly kicked in the groin. He is also stabbed by three flying daggers which were supposedly aimed at his enemy and is later bitten in the face by two poisonous snakes. Through all these trials he manages to survive for another day.Apart from creativity, Kung Fu Hustle has also demonstrated a higher quality comedy than his early 1990s works such as Fight Back to School (1991) and King of Beggars (1992). The cinematography is more sophisticated, with an authentic 1930s aura. And like Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle heavily adopts computer graphics to present special effects such as the snake, daggers and flying axes.

  • dr-david-lane
    dr david lane

    In my opinion this is the best Chinese comedy kung fu movie yet to be made. I’m not very familiar with the previous work of the director Stephen Chow except for Shaolin Soccer but this flick has everything to entertain any movie fan.Both the humor and the drama made me weep like a small girl, even thou I’m a guy almost at my 30’s. The impressive camera techniques and the story sure made this a phenomenal viewing experience.Sorry Jet Li & Jackie Chan – None of the Hollywood movies has ever touched me like this movie did. I recommend this movie to be watched with friends in order to share the feeling of joy and laughter. We’ll be waiting for a sequel – don’t let us down!

  • nadja-dolinsek
    nadja dolinsek

    In general, it’s a movie which puts tribute to all the Kung Fu Movie.Some argue that Stephen uses a lots of old jokes and routines in this movie that makes it a little bit weak on the script. However, I think it’s one of his best. He doesn’t make as many dirty jokes as usual, but you can really learn his philosophy through this two-hours movie and have a very good laugh at the same time. If you really watch the movie carefully, you will know what kung-fu is. Stephen Chow truly understands kung-fu, in my opinion, and it a sure thing that he crazies about it.It’s not a common kung-fu movie like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “Hero”. Stephen Chow uses his own way to express kung-fu. I sincerely recommend this movie to those who still has the slightest hesitation whether you should watch this movie or not.Just Go!!!!!!!!!! You won’t regret it!!!!

  • carlos-pinto
    carlos pinto

    I saw this movie at the Toronto filmfest and I have to say I loved it, I really didn’t know what to expect as I didn’t know the director and had only really seen some pretty bad kung fu many years before. There are many pop culture references in there like reservoir dogs and the matrix.. all done very tongue in cheek.The fight sequences are very well done and keep the movie moving at a frenetic pace, the jokes tend to be visual in nature and as such side step the normal translation problems.All in all I thought this was a great movie and suspect this will be a huge hit !

  • cristobal-bermudez
    cristobal bermudez

    Before we went to see this movie we had heard about many good reviews of it. After spending approximate 100mins in the movie theater we were extremely satisfied and entertained. This movie is even better than we have expected. There were full of laughters almost from the beginning to the end in the theater. Stephen Chow displays his talent as both a director and an actor. It maintains the previous Chow’s style and humor as in other movies, such as “Xi Ju Zhi Wang” and “Xing Yun Yi Tiao Long”, while those CGIs were not expected. In Chow’s movie, what the Chinese people like is that it says no to super heroes. It just tells the stories of ordinary people, particularly those people leading insignificant and unsuccessful lives. Several characters in this movie were played by popular Kung-Fu stars, in the 1980’s – 1990’s in China. Stephen Chow shows respects to them, as the way he respects Bruce Lee. Above all, Kung-Fu Hustle is a movie with great hilarity, stunning CGI effects, fantastic Kung-Fu, and the lives of ordinary people. I give it 9 out of 10. Highly recommended!Now this movie is in theaters in Europe and North America. The recent comments have shown a good sign already.Best wishes to Stephen Chow! Hope western people like this movie as well.

  • anna-simmons
    anna simmons

    After nearly two decades of avoiding kung fu movies, a copy of this one was pressed into my hands by a very dear friend… who then extracted a promise from me that I’d take the time that night to sit and watch it. I was less than enthusiastic when I tossed it into the drive of my Athlon, but a promise is a promise, after all. Five minutes later, a nuclear strike warning in my town couldn’t have torn me away from the screen, and it’s been watched a dozen times since.There’s always been a certain cheesiness to Hong Kong cinema, but on rare occasions a writer or director will directly tap a nerve and somehow weave that directly into the story: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ is one of those films. This piece isn’t simply a ‘standard’ kung fu movie; it’s a romance, a sweeping portrait of good-versus-evil, and a moral lesson on the use of power. The comedic bits are so well integrated into the story that it flows smoothly from one tone to another. The fight choreography is stellar, and special care was taken to make sure that every character in the piece is human. There’re no ‘perfect’ people or places, and it somehow makes the wire fighting that appears in parts seem believable. The acting is excellent and the camera work is all rock steady.Feeling jaded? Burdened? Wonder if it’s possible for one person to make a difference? Settle in with a copy of this film, and believe…

  • irma-ginzburgas
    irma ginzburgas

    Chaplin, Allen and now actor, writer, producer and director Stephen Chow can join the select few whose remarkable talent as a performer matches his ability behind the lens; Kung Fu Hustle proves it. Chow is no stranger to direction. In 1994 Chow co-directed Love on Delivery and since then a number of other self starring projects and many of these projects are considered the best of his acting career. However his skills as a comedian – be it his brash physical comedy (Shaolin Soccer), his manical scenarios (Tricky Brains) or epic historical parodies (A Chinese Oddsey) – have never outshined his talents as a director. Kung Fu Hustle not only reminds us of Chow’s terrific comedic timing, it introduces us to his stunning visual eye and exhilarating action direction. More importantly this addition to Chow’s superb filmography finally allows us a means of defining his technique. A master of blending both comedy and visceral action with artistic integrity and traditional melodrama. It has been awhile since a director has been able to take me from quite serious and intense graphic violence to over the top ridiculous spoofing. The contrast of atmosphere and mood throughout the film is incredible and even more incredible is Chow’s ability to make it all work. When the scene is funny you appreciate the comedy, when it switches gears to action you are blown away by the terrific sequences, when it switches to melodrama you are on the edge of your seat awaiting character responses, and when they’re all fused together you do exactly what Chow is hoping you’ll do. You laugh. So I liked the film, but what is the film exactly. Like most Stephen Chow films while the concept is simple to describe, the execution is far more complex. Kung Fu Hustle tells the story of Sing, a wannabe gangster attempting to join the famous Axe Gang (who during some of the early scenes seem to spoof Gangs of New York – look for a firework visual quote), a legion of black suits responsible for a series of gruesome murders and complete dominance over a 1940s Hong Kong. Sing’s reasons for wanting to join the gang are simple: bad guys are cooler. His arrogance causes a war to break out between a poor housing complex that secretly holds a number hidden talents and the murderous axe gang. What starts as a relatively small skirmish (and I mean relatively) explodes into a war of Miike’s “Dead or Alive” proportions. The use of digital effects in this film are extreme. Chow having succumbed to the digital revolutions in Shaolin Soccer, manages once again to use his effects wisely. There are a terrific number of effects shots in this film far more then I’ve ever seen in a Hong Kong production (save maybe the terrible Wesley’s Mysterious File) and while I am disappointed at the lack of practical effects the impressive quality of them more then makes up for it. This film simply does not look like a Hong Kong film. It rivals Hollywood features in every category (set, costumes cinematography), but amazingly enough the CGI is really good! You can notice most of the effects, but that doesn’t matter because they are used for laughs and effectively so. Some of the effects not only will have you in stitches, but also in shock and awe at the sheer incredibility of some of the scenes. One scene that sticks out is a terrific spoof of the Road Runner. Its not hilarious, but also a visual feast.The impressive action is thanks largely to the great choreography talent including both Sammo Hung and Yuen Wo Ping (each working on the film at spate occasions). Yuen Wo Ping manages to take a scene that appears to be rehash of the Burly Brawl (hundreds of suits against one guy) and manages to make it not only fresh, but a thousand times more exciting and intense. These fight sequences demand the attention of any cinephile who claims themselves a fan of marital art cinema. Wachowski’s take not, this is how you direct Yuen Wo Ping to this artistic peak. So everything seems great, right? This has to be Chow’s best, right? Actually not everything works and is not at all Chow’s best film. It is not his funniest film, but that is because it takes the risk of exploring the action genre. It also relies a bit too much on CGI, and while its use is effective, it can occasionally bring you out of the film. Compared to his other films this film ranks #1 for its visuals and action, but in terms of laughs and writing it cannot surpass the classics. That being said Kung Fu Hustle is absolute blast. See it if you can at the Toronto Film Festival, import it on DVD and catch in theaters when Sony Classics brings it here (in Febuary I believe). It is action comedy at its finest.Three cheers for Chow Sing Chi!

  • donna-jones
    donna jones

    Goodness me, what a fantastic movie. Caught the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the entire theater laughed until they cried. Amazingly directed, HILARIOUSLY funny, it blends a 1930s gangster stylishness into a Hong Kong kung fu movie to astonishing results. Who would’ve thought you could top Shaolin Soccer? Not me, until I saw this movie. Stephen Chow pulled it off. Chow’s comedic timing gets better and better with every movie he makes, and while his films are depending more and more on CGI these days, and makes this movie much more a fantasy kung fu film than a traditional one, it hardly detracts from the enjoyable experience. Make it your mission to see this film – it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. I can’t remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. My eyes still hurt from wiping away tears of laughter. Seriously.

  • judy-little
    judy little

    Kung Fu Hustle was one of the most visually imaginative and unique movies I have seen in quite some time. Upon first viewing the trailer, I thought we would have another Kung Pow: Enter The Fist on our hands but, boy, was I wrong. Unlike Kung Pow, the jokes did not grow tired on me and the special effects were definitely top notch. The scene with the two assassins playing that stringed instrument (don’t know the name of it) in such a way that it kills was incredible.Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either. There was a simple story happening which made sense for what we were watching. Even the jokes with the subtitles came across as funny, and from my experience, humor does not translate as easily as this movie would have you believe. It borrowed or spoofed a bit from Spider-Man and The Matrix as well, which was a bit unexpected for this film, initially. At least for me.To be honest, I could enjoy this movie without sound or subtitles, too. It was that appealing to the eye. It would be a good background movie for a party or poker game which could catch your eye at any moment and still hold your attention. It could also be great if you feel like a good comedy. I was entertained throughout and even though I was dead tired when I saw it in the theater, it held my interest all the way to the end. 9/10

  • rosmarie-geissler
    rosmarie geissler

    This is one of the most richly imaginative, creative, downright enjoyable movies I’ve ever seen. I haven’t enjoyed myself this much since Pulp Fiction.It took me a while to figure out who the hero was. First I thought it was the barber guy who got himself constantly smacked about by the landlady. I suppose it’s because he looked so dim, he therefore had to be a kung fu master in disguise. I’ve read some of the other posts, and everyone seems to think the knife scene was the funniest. I didn’t expect to come to this movie for a laugh, but the knife scene almost killed me. Luckily it was just me and my friend in the movie theatre, so I could let it all out.If you go to the movies to free your imagination, then this is the movie for you. Stay away from people who say it’s far-fetched and unrealistic. If they want realism, they should go to the laundromat.