Kung Fu Hustle (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Stephen Chow Starring: Wah Yuen Stephen Chow Qiu Yuen

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Stephen Chow's follow-up to SHAOLIN SOCCER ups the over-the-top action quotient by about three zillion percent. The story is set in 1930s Hong Kong, with Chow as a shaggy-haired, would-be bad guy named Sing, who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the top-hat-wearing Axe gang and the hard scrabble inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley. Chow--who wrote, produced, and directed--doesn't step in as the star here for quite a while, letting the comic duties fly in a myriad of directions: a landlady in curlers (Yuen Qiu) has a yell that can flatten buildings; people get kicked across courtyards and through walls; musician assassins whip ghost sabers from lyre strings, and a mental patient in pink flip-flops named "the Beast" (Leung Siu Lung) catches bullets in his fingers. Buoyed by SOCCER's box office success, HUSTLE uses bigger production values and a dizzying amount of CGI-enhanced martial arts (imagine Bruce Lee vs. Bugs Bunny in THE MATRIX). It's full of references to other films and filmmakers, revering spaghetti westerns and '70s Shaw brothers movies a la Tarantino's KILL BILL (fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping worked on both films). It also pays sly homage to the works of Wong Kar Wai, D.W. Griffith, Sam Raimi, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa. Raymond Wong's inspired score matches each cinematic reference with the appropriate cue as the camera circles and swoops around the sprawling sets. This is a real treat, more than a great action film or comedy, it's a great film period, and one that set box office records in the East.System Requirements:Running Time 99 Mins.Format: BLU-RAY DISC

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202501363
UPC 043396151253
UPC 14 00043396151253
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3361
Keywords
1940s
Action
Battles
Chinese
Crime
Gangs
Gangsters
Hong Kong
Kung Fu
Martial Arts
Students
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Stephen Chow's follow-up to SHAOLIN SOCCER ups the over-the-top action quotient by about three zillion percent. The story is set in 1930s Hong Kong, with Chow as a shaggy-haired, would-be bad guy named Sing, who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the top-hat-wearing Axe gang and the hard scrabble inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley. Chow--who wrote, produced, and directed--doesn't step in as the star here for quite a while, letting the comic duties fly in a myriad of directions: a landlady in curlers (Yuen Qiu) has a yell that can flatten buildings; people get kicked across courtyards and through walls; musician assassins whip ghost sabers from lyre strings, and a mental patient in pink flip-flops named "the Beast" (Leung Siu Lung) catches bullets in his fingers. Buoyed by SOCCER's box office success, HUSTLE uses bigger production values and a dizzying amount of CGI-enhanced martial arts (imagine Bruce Lee vs. Bugs Bunny in THE MATRIX). It's full of references to other films and filmmakers, revering spaghetti westerns and '70s Shaw brothers movies a la Tarantino's KILL BILL (fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping worked on both films). It also pays sly homage to the works of Wong Kar Wai, D.W. Griffith, Sam Raimi, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa. Raymond Wong's inspired score matches each cinematic reference with the appropriate cue as the camera circles and swoops around the sprawling sets. This is a real treat, more than a great action film or comedy, it's a great film period, and one that set box office records in the East.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[An] insanely entertaining smash-fantasy burlesque....You don't just watch it, you ride with it, laughing all the way." 04/15/2005 p.60
Los Angeles Times "For all its extreme cartoonish violence, KUNG FU HUSTLE is a surprisingly sweet and charming movie." 04/08/2005 p.E8
New York Times "The showstopping fight sequences are choreographed by the legendary Yuen Wo Ping and given an extra jolt of nutty inventiveness by some cheerfully crude digital effects." 04/08/2005 p.E21
Sight and Sound "That one can indeed call KUNG FU HUSTLE delightful reflects its wonderfully compelling, high wire sense of dreamy knockabout..." 05/01/2005 p.64
USA Today "HUSTLE's approach to a simple good-vs.-evil plot is eccentrically exuberant." 04/22/2005 p.4E
Rolling Stone "[Chow is] a one-man comedy parade....[He] turns his characters into live-action cartoons and then, miraculously, makes it all ring true." 04/21/2005 p.124
Uncut "[N]o one's ever captured the escapist thrill of a four-coloured splash panel as well as Chow does here." 07/01/2005 p.128,Ranked #14 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] blast of exuberant, over-the-top cinematic madness....Ridiculously entertaining." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[I]n terms of physical timing, comic ideas and snap-crackle-pop filmmaking it buries any 10 other American comedies you can think of." 09/01/2005 p.101
Directors
Stephen Chow
Actors
Wah Yuen
Stephen Chow
Qiu Yuen
Cast & Crew
Wah Yuen - Star
Stephen Chow - Star
Qiu Yuen - Star
Chan Man Keung - Screenwriter
Shirley Chan - Costume Designer
Tseng Kan Cheong - Screenwriter
Angie Lam - Editor
Hang-Sang Poon - Director of Photography
Jeff Lau - Producer
Lola Huo - Screenwriter
Yuen Woo-ping - Action Director/Arranger
Oliver Wong - Production Designer
Raymond Wong - Composer
Stephen Chow - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 15125
UPC 00043396151253
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Cantonese
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Cantonese
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Chow,Stephen
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray

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