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. Soon, wannabe gangster Sing and his pal Bone attempt to extort money out of a barber and fail, drawing the real Axe Gang to Pig Sty. In general, it's a movie which puts tribute to all the Kung Fu Movie. That being said Kung Fu Hustle is absolute blast. If you really watch the movie carefully, you will know what kung-fu is. I didn't expect to come to this movie for a laugh, but the knife scene almost killed me. Like most Stephen Chow films while the concept is simple to describe, the execution is far more complex.
Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. I sincerely recommend this movie to those who still has the slightest hesitation whether you should watch this movie or not. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. So everything seems great, right? Some of the effects not only will have you in stitches, but also in shock and awe at the sheer incredibility of some of the scenes. Sing's reasons for wanting to join the gang are simple: bad guys are cooler. Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either. It took me a while to figure out who the hero was.
Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. In 1994 Chow co-directed Love on Delivery and since then a number of other self starring projects and many of these projects are considered the best of his acting career. However his skills as a comedian - be it his brash physical comedy Shaolin Soccer , his manical scenarios Tricky Brains or epic historical parodies A Chinese Oddsey - have never outshined his talents as a director. 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. A master of blending both comedy and visceral action with artistic integrity and traditional melodrama.
Actually not everything works and is not at all Chow's best film. This film simply does not look like a Hong Kong film. There was a simple story happening which made sense for what we were watching. The contrast of atmosphere and mood throughout the film is incredible and even more incredible is Chow's ability to make it all work. So I liked the film, but what is the film exactly. Unlike Kung Pow, the jokes did not grow tired on me and the special effects were definitely top notch.
There are many pop culture references in there like reservoir dogs and the matrix. Wachowski's take not, this is how you direct Yuen Wo Ping to this artistic peak. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. One scene that sticks out is a terrific spoof of the Road Runner. You can notice most of the effects, but that doesn't matter because they are used for laughs and effectively so. Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, 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. His arrogance causes a war to break out between a poor housing complex that secretly holds a number hidden talents and the murderous axe gang. Yuen Wo Ping manages to take a scene that appears to be rehash of the Burly Brawl hundreds of suits against one guy and manages to make it not only fresh, but a thousand times more exciting and intense. But the eccentric landlords turn out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise and soon the two sides are enemies. Luckily it was just me and my friend in the movie theatre, so I could let it all out. Chow is no stranger to direction. If they want realism, they should go to the laundromat.
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 is 1940';s China, and gangs rule the city. The use of digital effects in this film are extreme. There are a terrific number of effects shots in this film far more then I've ever seen in a Hong Kong production save maybe the terrible Wesley's Mysterious File and while I am disappointed at the lack of practical effects the impressive quality of them more then makes up for it. Stephen Chow uses his own way to express kung-fu.
Who would've thought you could top Shaolin Soccer? Make it your mission to see this film - it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. 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. The impressive action is thanks largely to the great choreography talent including both Sammo Hung and Yuen Wo Ping each working on the film at spate occasions. You are watching now the Kung Fu Hustle movie has Action Comedy Crime Genres and produced in China, Hong Kong with 99 min runtime. If you go to the movies to free your imagination, then this is the movie for you.