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Kung Fu Hustle – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Small time thief Sing (Chow) is desperate to be a member of the
sophisticated and ruthless Axe Gang that rules the city.
Stumbling across a crowded apartment complex, known as “Pig Sty Alley,”
he tries to extort money from one of the locals, pretending to be from
the Axe Gang.
But the residents are not all they appear. The gang gets word of his
exploits and go after him sparking a chain of events that brings two
different worlds to a head.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Written/produced/directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in it, this is
the follow up to his 2001 smash hit Shaolin Soccer and is even more
bizarre and outlandish.
An homage to the great Bruce Lee – Chow appearing in the renowned Lee
bare chest pose – it is also a mix of slapstick comedy and martial arts
action sequences reminiscent of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon but then the choreographer Yuen Wo Ping worked on those films
too.
This is a totally surreal film with the tough Axe Gang bursting into a
show tune, dressed in top hats and using their weapons as walking
sticks; the landlady looking more like Hilda Ogden with a cigarette
hanging out of her mouth, kicks

by means of her killer scream – the
Lion’s roar – though she is a martial arts expert too; and two assassins
annihilate their opponents by playing their harp and thus unleashing their
killer weapons.
As I said this is a weird but funny movie.

KUNG FU HUSTLE opens on 24 June 2005

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