From wildly-imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you've never seen action this outrageous and characters this zany! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping, Kung Fu Hustle will blow you away!
Almost perferct movie?
- Kung Fu Hustle review by Jaz Moghul
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You rated this film: 5
If you appreciate movie making, then this has practically every element of good movie making in my opinion. It's a phenomenal movie. Yes it takes pieces of classic movies and patches them together but it is done so well that the whole film has continuity and purpose. Unbelievable scene where the Axe gang dance to their tune in the wake of their evil doings. It's disturbingly dark, funny, has depth of characters yet shallow in plot, it's easy to watch and enjoy but has complexities for the film fan.
An brilliant mix of kung fu and slapstick comedy
- Kung Fu Hustle review by Shatner's Bassoon
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I have to admit to not being a fan of martial arts films, but 'Kung Fu Hustle' is one of the most imaginative, creative, downright hilarious films I've ever seen. Writer, director and actor, Stephen Chow uses a wonderful mix of classic genres to create a comic farce of truly epic proportions. The whole film is an amazing blend of styles which fuse the likes of spaghetti westerns, traditional Kung Fu, the stylistic cinematography and violence of Quentin Tarantino, the special effects of 'The Matrix', the slapstick comedy of Buster Keaton, all mixed in with classic Warner Brothers cartoons. The story is quite simple and basically revolves around the conflict between the local mafia, the deadly 'Axe Gang', and the peaceful inhabitants of 'Pig Sty Alley', but the overall result is so engrossing that you are just swept along for the ride. The special effects are highly imaginative and equal to anything Hollywood can produce, and the action packed final 15 minutes of the film are amazing. Even the English dubbing on this film is fantastic and obvious that a lot of effort has gone into casting English voice over actors that suit the Chinese characters they are representing. If you're like me and don't usually like Kung Fu movies don't be put off, 'Kung Fu Hustle' is easily one of the best films of 2005 and one of the few films that is fully worthy of a perfect 10/10 score.
An interesting film which draws on a rich tradition of kung fu cinematic history. It was enjoyable and my wife (who is not a battle hardened kung fu fan) thought it was good. Where this film fails for me is the annoying use of animation that descends into Roger Rabbit territory. Mixing martial arts, noble thoughts and ancient tradition with road runner chases and bulging cartoon feet didn't seem to gel.
If you're after a laugh along, kung fu comedy it's probably for you, not really suitable for kids due to the surprisingly violent bits, given the comic nature of the film.
If you liked this but didn't like the animation I recommend Drunken Master.