Kung Fu Hustle

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Columbia Pictures Asia Released 2004

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Director:
Stephen Chow
Released:
2004
Rating:
R

In 1940s Shanghai, the streets are ruled by deadly gangs. There is no law enforcement to speak of, and the only peaceful refuges are the poverty-stricken slums where there's nothing valuable enough to attract the gangs. Pig Sty Alley is one such refuge. The tenement is filled with colorful characters. Two of the most eccentric are the landlords, a lecherous old man and his obnoxious wife. Sing is an aspiring thug, whose childhood dreams of freedom fighting have grown into his more realistic attempt at joining the most powerful and feared gang, The Axe Gang. When Sing attempts to prove his abilities as a gangster, he sets off a violent showdown between the Axe Gang's cocky leader, Brother Sum, and a few highly skilled martial artists hiding out in Pig Sty Alley.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Brilliantly choreographed and shot, Kung Fu Hustle is often grisly, visually spectacular and unabashedly silly, sometimes all at once.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    For all its punches, kicks, whacks and thumps, the movie does not have much impact, and for all its affectionate nostalgia, it produces a strange kind of amnesia. It knocks the sen...

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    Devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.

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      • Production Budget - $20,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $17,108,591 (123rd)
        Worldwide Gross - $100,914,445 (53rd)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $22,480,854
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $132,602,556

      • Other production companies:
        Huayi Brothers
        Taihe Film Investment Co. Ltd.
        Beijing Film Studio (presents)
        China Film Group (presents)
        Fourth Production Company Film Group
        Star Overseas
        China Film Co-Production Corporation
        Buena Vista
        (distributor)
        Columbia TriStar
        (distributor)

      • Taglines:
        1. So many gangsters...so little time.
        2. From walking disaster to kung fu master.
        3. A new comedy unlike anything you have seen before.

      • Filmed entirely in Shanghai, China.

      • Music:
        Zhi Yao Wei Ni Huo Yi Tian
        Composed by Liu Jie Chang
        Lyrics by Lin Huang Kun
        Performed by Huang Sheng Yi
        Arranged by Raymond Wong
        Fishermen's Song of the East China Sea
        Composed by Ma Sheng Long / Gu Guan Ren
        Don't Forget Tonight
        Composed & Lyrics by Chen Ge Xin
        Performed by Gong Qiu Xia
        Zhi Yao Wei Ni Huo Yi Tian
        Composed by Liu Jie Chang
        Lyrics by Lin Huang Kun
        My Dream Lover
        Composed & Lyrics by Chen Ge Xin
        Performed by Gong Qiu Xia
        Sabre Dance
        Composed by Aram Khachaturyan
        Performed by Antonio M. Xavier & The Royal Festival Philharmonic Orchestra
        Chuang Jiang Ling
        Composed by Yu Hui Yong / Hu Deng Tiao
        Ying Xiong Men Zhan Sheng Le Da Du He
        Composed by Luo Zong Xian
        Xiao Dao Hui Zu Qu
        Composed by Shang Yi

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    Themes

    town under attack, Foreign Language, Crime, quirky characters, visually striking