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There is an opinion in some quarters that martial arts movies are violent. Many are, to be sure, but the best ones have the same relationship to violence that Astaire and Rogers have to romance: Nobody believes they take it seriously, but it gives them an excuse for some wonderful choreography. Lurking beneath the surface of most good martial arts movies is a comedy.
Creative and imaginative characters slam together in a comic blend of Quentin Tarantino meets Jackie Chan in a film that goes beyond the limits of mere comedy. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you've never seen action this outrageous and characters this zany! He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turn out to be kung fu masters in disguise.
Main character Sing is an ineffectual small-time crook trying to join the Axe Gang. In doing so, he and buddy Bone attempt to command respect from the Pig Sty Alley. Their bumbling attracts the real gang, who are repelled by the martially-skilled Coolie, Tailor and You-Tiao fried dough sticks baker.
Classics never die, but they seldom get replaced. Cinema is populated with enduring, venerated works of art that deservedly adorn list after list, but those lists are rarely updated, and less often expanded to include new, equally worthy entries. Some 15 years after its release, Kung Fu Hustle has aged, well, less poorly than strangely in a much different cultural climate, but revisiting it only underscores what a singular talent Chow is and how desperately audiences need much, much more of his weird, wild creativity.
Kung Fu Hustle is a action comedy film directed, produced and written by Stephen Chowwho also stars in the lead role. The film features a number of retired actors famous for s Hong Kong action cinema and has been compared to contemporary and influential wuxia films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. The cartoon special effects in the film accompanied by traditional Chinese musicis often cited as its most striking feature.
Set in Canton, China in the s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle.
The film was the all-time tenth highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States as well as the highest-grossing foreign language film in the country in Their plan fails, and Sing's antics attract the real gang to the scene. In the massive brawl that ensues, more than fifty gangsters are defeated by three tenants who are incognito martial arts masters.
By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline. Star of the original, Steven Chow, has revealed that a follow-up is in development, 15 years later. Asked directly by a fan whether there would ever be a Kung Fu Hustle 2, he replied: 'Yes!
For years, movie fans in China have been well versed in the action-comedy movies of Stephen Chow. But while other Chinese stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li had found stardom in America, there was once doubt that Chow's movies would find the same reception. That changed in when Kung Fu Hustle hit American theaters.