Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Last night I saw a very silly movie, which made me laugh a lot but grossed me out a little as well: Kung Fu Hustle.

Entertainment Weekly said: “Think Kill Bill meets Looney Toons” and they are not far off.

It won the public’s prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2005. I warn you – it most definitely is a martial arts movie! (you might have that from the Kung Fu in the title). But it feels like a parody. It exaggerates and enlarges many typical martial arts characteristics. I’m not that into Bruce Lee kind of stuff, but this has made me laugh so hard, my tummy hurt. And then again, a couple of scenes made me avert my eyes from the screen.

The movie is directed, produced and written by Stephen Chow– and oh my, he seems to play the lead character as well. Sarcasm aside, he is pretty good and funny… and others stuff….

We’re in the 1930’s. The story is about a couple of losers and petty thief’s Sing and Bone, who aim to be in the gang who is calling the shots: the Axe Gang, after their weapon of choice. The Gang has a power over all the city, except for one pitiful apartment block called Pig Sty Alley. There a very odd couple, Landlord and Landlady, rule over their tenants. Figures that the losers choose that particular place to prove to the Gang they are a worthy asset their criminal organisation. Though the Landlady is a tough cookie – and has a way with martial arts herself!

Light entertainment, but not more than that. You get some good laughs. The Landlady is a kick. And though the special effects are in abundance, they are not bothering you as a viewer and nicely finished.

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2 thoughts on “Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

  1. Yeah it stars an actor who was very well known in the 70’s for these kind of movies: Bruce Leung. It’s his return to the film industry after a 15-year hiatus.

  2. It sounds like the sort of movie that would have done well in the mid-1970’s, when everyone was doing kung fu.

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