Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. Actually not everything works and is not at all Chow's best film. This film simply does not look like a Hong Kong film. Not me, until I saw this movie. Kung Fu Hustle tells the story of Sing, a wannabe gangster attempting to join the famous Axe Gang who during some of the early scenes seem to spoof Gangs of New York - look for a firework visual quote , a legion of black suits responsible for a series of gruesome murders and complete dominance over a 1940s Hong Kong. Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either.
Chow is no stranger to direction. Three cheers for Chow Sing Chi! Stephen Chow uses his own way to express kung-fu. More importantly this addition to Chow's superb filmography finally allows us a means of defining his technique. You are watching now the Kung Fu Hustle movie has Action Comedy Crime Genres and produced in China, Hong Kong with 99 min runtime. What I got was what I can only describe as a live cartoon full of class and style, the sort of flip side to the more arty Asian films that have rightly become massively popular in the subsequent decadse.
I was entertained throughout and even though I was dead tired when I saw it in the theater, it held my interest all the way to the end. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom. The best gift of all of course is the love they discover with one another. When the scene is funny you appreciate the comedy, when it switches gears to action you are blown away by the terrific sequences, when it switches to melodrama you are on the edge of your seat awaiting character responses, and when they're all fused together you do exactly what Chow is hoping you'll do. Turmoil grips Shanghai in the 1940s. Goodness me, what a fantastic movie.
Kung Fu Hustle not only reminds us of Chow's terrific comedic timing, it introduces us to his stunning visual eye and exhilarating action direction. It would be a good background movie for a party or poker game which could catch your eye at any moment and still hold your attention. Impressed with his skill at lockpicking, Sum tells them that if they kill just one person, he will allow them to join the gang. The next day the duo return to Pig Sty Alley to murder the Landlady, but fail comically due to ineptitude. The fight sequences are very well done and keep the movie moving at a frenetic pace, the jokes tend to be visual in nature and as such side step the normal translation problems. Various gangs vie for power, the most feared of which is The Axe Gang, led by the infamous Brother Sum and aptly named after its weapon of choice.
Incredible sequences will dazzle you one moment and then have you laughing the next, I'm quite annoyed that I didn't catch on to this film back in 2004, but even now some years later this film is still a breath of fresh air on the home format release. The two narrowly escape death when Sing quickly picks the locks on the chains with which they are bound. This has to be Chow's best, right? It borrowed or spoofed a bit from Spider-Man and The Matrix as well, which was a bit unexpected for this film, initially. He doesn't make as many dirty jokes as usual, but you can really learn his philosophy through this two-hours movie and have a very good laugh at the same time. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. My eyes still hurt from wiping away tears of laughter. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.
Upon first viewing the trailer, I thought we would have another Kung Pow: Enter The Fist on our hands but, boy, was I wrong. It was that appealing to the eye. During this convalescence he unconsciously strikes the steel sides of the pulpit, leaving deep impressions of his hands. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Its not hilarious, but also a visual feast.
It has been awhile since a director has been able to take me from quite serious and intense graphic violence to over the top ridiculous spoofing. Sing asks Sum to make himself and Bone members of the Axe Gang. Written, directed, produced and starring Stephen Chow Sing , Kung Fu Hustle is a remarkably breathless piece of work, the plot is threadbare for sure, but it really matters not, because Chow has fused the grand old genre staple punch up with balletic comedy, it's quite something to behold. So everything seems great, right? See it and roll with it, enjoy. Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. The contrast of atmosphere and mood throughout the film is incredible and even more incredible is Chow's ability to make it all work.
He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Stephen Chow truly understands kung-fu, in my opinion, and it a sure thing that he crazies about it. I can't remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. There are many pop culture references in there like reservoir dogs and the matrix. However, I think it's one of his best.