Kung Fu Hustle

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

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Stephen Chow (director and star of Shaolin Soccer) is at it again with his newest action-packed and comedic martial-arts adventure, Kung Fu Hustle. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you've never seen action this outrageous and characters this zany! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping (famed action choreographer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix), Kung Fu Hustle will blow you away! In a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing (Stephen Chow) desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turn out to be 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.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204648198
UPC 043396143555
UPC 14 00043396143555
Format DVD
Release Date 3/25/2008
Rating Rating
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
Angie Lam - Editor
Bill Borden - Executive Producer
Hang-Sang Poon - Cinematographer
Oliver Wong - Production Designer
Second Chan - Art Director
Stephen Chow - Actor
Stephen Chow - Director
Stephen Chow - Producer
Stephen Chow, et. al. - Original Music By
Stephen Chow, et. al. - Writer
Wah Yuen - Actor
Xiaogang Feng - Actor
Zhi Hua Dong - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 14355
UPC 00043396143555
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Cantonese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Cantonese
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Stephen Chow, et. al., Best Film not in the English Language,Golden Globe, Kung Fu Hustle, Best Foreign Language Film,MTV Award, Stephen Chow, Best Fight
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Kung Fu Hustle is an action/comedy designed with lovers of the '60s and '70s Shaw Brothers' movies in mind. It's an homage to a genre that, despite being regarded as campy by about 95% of the movie-going populace, has nevertheless captured the hearts and minds of thousands of loyalists. Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle's director/writer/producer/star, is one such person. His love of those old movies is evident in every frame this picture...Kung Fu Hustle is designed for an international audience, so it should come as no surprise that there numerous references will leap off the screen to an average American movie-goer (including nods to The Shining, The Untouchables, Gangs of New York, and The Matrix, amongst others)...Kung Fu Hustle should get a chance in a respectable number of theaters, and viewers will discover that the film has something to offer nearly everyone, whether they are a novice or a black belt in kung fu cinema.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Lurking beneath the surface of most good martial arts movies is a comedy. Sometimes it bubbles up to the top, as in Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle." The joke is based not so much on humor as on delight: The characters have overcome the laws of gravity and physics. To be able to leap into the air, spin in a circle and kick six, seven, eight, nine enemies before landing in a graceful crouch is enormously gratifying...This is the kind of movie where you laugh occasionally and have a silly grin most of the rest of the time...When I saw it at Sundance, I wrote that it was "like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny." You see how worked up you can get, watching a movie like this.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Deluxe Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Chow,Stephen
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrew Sun, The Hollywood Reporter ...a delirious mix of the sublime and the silly...[Chow] has taken the kung fu comedy genre to new heights of chop-socky hilarity.
David Edelstein, Slate ...it seems to whirr every kung-fu movie ever made into the most luscious action smoothie you'll ever imbibe.
Entertainment Weekly Think Kill Bill meets Looney Tunes.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Don't miss it! Exhilaratingly hilarious!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...[Chow is] a one-man comedy parade...dumb fun this smart is a gift.

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