Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

STEPHEN CHOW

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 , Stephen Chow, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Stephen Chow, , .  Music by Stephen Chow, , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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

 

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