Kung Fu Hustle


(out of 5)

Original title:  Kung Fu

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.

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

China/Hong Kong, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by , Stephen Chow, ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Stephen Chow, ,

Music by Stephen Chow, , ,

Production Design by 

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Boston Film Critics Awards 2005.  

Las Vegas Film Critics 2005.  

Online Film Critics Awards 2005.  

 Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2005.  

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2004

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (China

Washington Film Critics Awards 2005.  

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