Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Kung Fu
China/Hong Kong, 2004. Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Huayi Brothers Media, Taihe Film Investment Co. Ltd., Beijing Film Studio, China Film Group Corporation, The Fourth Production Company Film Group, Star Overseas, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Man Keung Chan, Stephen Chow, Xin Huo, Kan-Cheung Tsang. Cinematography by Hang-Sang Poon. Produced by Stephen Chow, Bo-Chu Chui, Jeffrey Lau. Music by Stephen Chow, Ying-Wah Wong, Hang Yi, Xian Luo Zong. Production Design by Oliver Wong. Costume Design by Shirley Chan. Film Editing by Angie Lam.
Silly, fun action film about a poor neighbourhood that secretly harbours martial arts experts. When a couple of low-lives enter the area and pretend to be members of a powerful criminal syndicate, it brings the real gang into the borough and starts all manner of trouble. After killing the three most impressive fighters that this little ghetto had to offer, the gang has no idea what it’s in for when the aging tenement landlord and his chain-smoking, motormouthed wife reveal their abilities and seek revenge. Stephen Chow’s hyperkinetic action scenes and offbeat casting are a delight, but his characters are painfully slim and the film is never particularly involving. It is fun, though.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Toronto International Film Festival: 2004