However, I think it's one of his best. 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. The use of digital effects in this film are extreme. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. The original version shows Sing spitting out blood, which ends up appearing on the farmer's face after Sing asks her what she does. You can notice most of the effects, but that doesn't matter because they are used for laughs and effectively so. A master of blending both comedy and visceral action with artistic integrity and traditional melodrama.
I didn't expect to come to this movie for a laugh, but the knife scene almost killed me. 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. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. These fight sequences demand the attention of any cinephile who claims themselves a fan of marital art cinema. This has to be Chow's best, right? I suppose it's because he looked so dim, he therefore had to be a kung fu master in disguise.
Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. I sincerely recommend this movie to those who still has the slightest hesitation whether you should watch this movie or not. The contrast of atmosphere and mood throughout the film is incredible and even more incredible is Chow's ability to make it all work. 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. It is action comedy at its finest. That being said Kung Fu Hustle is absolute blast.
More importantly this addition to Chow's superb filmography finally allows us a means of defining his technique. 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 could also be great if you feel like a good comedy. 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. Chow having succumbed to the digital revolutions in Shaolin Soccer, manages once again to use his effects wisely. Stephen Chow uses his own way to express kung-fu.
Make it your mission to see this film - it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. Chaplin, Allen and now actor, writer, producer and director Stephen Chow can join the select few whose remarkable talent as a performer matches his ability behind the lens; Kung Fu Hustle proves it. It took me a while to figure out who the hero was. 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. Wachowski's take not, this is how you direct Yuen Wo Ping to this artistic peak.
You are watching now the Kung Fu Hustle movie has Action Comedy Crime Genres and produced in China, Hong Kong with 99 min runtime. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. I've read some of the other posts, and everyone seems to think the knife scene was the funniest. If they want realism, they should go to the laundromat. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. 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. Although there was not much to the story, it was not non-existent, either.
Who would've thought you could top Shaolin Soccer? 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. The mainland version removes the blood. It was that appealing to the eye. It is 1940';s China, and gangs rule the city. I saw this movie at the Toronto filmfest and I have to say I loved it, I really didn't know what to expect as I didn't know the director and had only really seen some pretty bad kung fu many years before. Luckily it was just me and my friend in the movie theatre, so I could let it all out.
One scene that sticks out is a terrific spoof of the Road Runner. It borrowed or spoofed a bit from Spider-Man and The Matrix as well, which was a bit unexpected for this film, initially. A slum called Pig Sty Alley is the only area safe from the Axes because the people there are so poor. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. 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. If you really watch the movie carefully, you will know what kung-fu is. This film simply does not look like a Hong Kong film.
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. If you go to the movies to free your imagination, then this is the movie for you. . 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. Stephen Chow truly understands kung-fu, in my opinion, and it a sure thing that he crazies about it. Its not hilarious, but also a visual feast. The scene with the two assassins playing that stringed instrument don't know the name of it in such a way that it kills was incredible.
Become a mobster or save the day? All in all I thought this was a great movie and suspect this will be a huge hit! I haven't enjoyed myself this much since Pulp Fiction. Sing's reasons for wanting to join the gang are simple: bad guys are cooler. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. The mainland cut simply jumps from the shot of Sing's head being punched through the ground to the low angle shot of The Beast pulling his fist up. Even the jokes with the subtitles came across as funny, and from my experience, humor does not translate as easily as this movie would have you believe.