Kung Fu Hustle

Chow, Stephen

SKU: 043396151253

UPC 043396151253
Release Date 2006-12-12
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 99
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Stephen Chow's follow-up to SHAOLIN SOCCER ups the over-the-top action quotient by about three zillion percent. The story is set in 1930s Hong Kong, with Chow as a shaggy-haired, would-be bad guy named Sing, who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the top-hat-wearing Axe gang and the hard scrabble inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley. Chow--who wrote, produced, and directed--doesn't step in as the star here for quite a while, letting the comic duties fly in a myriad of directions: a landlady in curlers (Yuen Qiu) has a yell that can flatten buildings; people get kicked across courtyards and through walls; musician assassins whip ghost sabers from lyre strings, and a mental patient in pink flip-flops named the Beast (Leung Siu Lung) catches bullets in his fingers. Buoyed by SOCCER's box office success, HUSTLE uses bigger production values and a dizzying amount of CGI-enhanced martial arts (imagine Bruce Lee vs. Bugs Bunny in THE MATRIX). It's full of references to other films and filmmakers, revering spaghetti westerns and '70s Shaw brothers movies a la Tarantino's KILL BILL (fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping worked on both films). It also pays sly homage to the works of Wong Kar Wai, D.W. Griffith, Sam Raimi, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa. Raymond Wong's inspired score matches each cinematic reference with the appropriate cue as the camera circles and swoops around the sprawling sets. This is a real treat, more than a great action film or comedy, it's a great film period, and one that set box office records in the East.[An] insanely entertaining smash-fantasy burlesque....You don't just watch it, you ride with it, laughing all the way.For all its extreme cartoonish violence, KUNG FU HUSTLE is a surprisingly sweet and charming movie.The showstopping fight sequences are choreographed by the legendary Yuen Wo Ping and given an extra jolt of nutty inventiveness by some cheerfully crude digital effects.That one can indeed call KUNG FU HUSTLE delightful reflects its wonderfully compelling, high wire sense of dreamy knockabout...HUSTLE's approach to a simple good-vs.-evil plot is eccentrically exuberant.[Chow is] a one-man comedy parade....[He] turns his characters into live-action cartoons and then, miraculously, makes it all ring true.Theatrical Release: March 18, 2005 (Limited)[N]o one's ever captured the escapist thrill of a four-coloured splash panel as well as Chow does here.[I]n terms of physical timing, comic ideas and snap-crackle-pop filmmaking it buries any 10 other American comedies you can think of.Ranked #14 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- [A] blast of exuberant, over-the-top cinematic madness....Ridiculously entertaining.
Cast Stephen Chow (Star)
Tseng Kan Cheong (Screenwriter)
Stephen Chow (Director)
Lola Huo (Screenwriter)
Yuen Wo Ping (Action Director/Arranger)
Oliver Wong (Production Designer)
Raymond Wong (Composer)
Wah Yuen (Star)
Angie Lam (Editor)
Poon Hang Sang (Director of Photography)
Jeff Lau (Producer)
Qiu Yuen (Star)
Chan Man Keung (Screenwriter)
Shirley Chan (Costume Designer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.39 Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - Chinese/Cantonese Dubbed - English, French - Optional Subtitles - English, French - Optional
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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