Kung Fu Hustle

Columbia Pictures Asia Released 2004




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Movie Summary

Stephen Chow

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
      Columbia TriStar

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