Kung Fu Hustle

April 22nd, 2005


Kung Fu Hustle

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Still of Kai Man Tin in Kung Fu HustleLeft: Huang Sheng Yi as Fong; Right: Filmmaker Stephen Chow as SingRoger Ebert at event of Kung Fu HustleStill of Kwok-Kwan Chan in Kung Fu HustleKung Fu HustleStill of Wah Yuen and Qiu Yuen in Kung Fu Hustle

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.7/10 (54,973 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Stephen Chow

Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen

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. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.

Writers: Man Keung Chan, Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow - Sing
Xiaogang Feng - Crocodile Gang Boss (as Feng Xiao Gang)
Wah Yuen - Landlord
Zhi Hua Dong - Donut
Kwok-Kwan Chan - Brother Sum (as Danny Chan)
Chi Chung Lam - Bone (Sing's Sidekick) (as Lam Tze Chung)
Siu-Lung Leung - The Beast
Qiu Yuen - Landlady
Kai Man Tin - Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia - Harpist #1
Hark-On Fung - Harpist #2
Shengyi Huang - Fong
Suet Lam - Axe Gang Vice General
Cheung-Yan Yuen - Beggar (as Cheng Yan Yuen)
Chi Ling Chiu - Tailor

Taglines: From walking disaster to kung fu master


Official Website: Sony Pictures [China][hk][jp] (English) | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 22 April 2005

Filming Locations: Shanghai, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $260,000 (Philippines) (9 January 2005) (30 Screens)

Gross: $72,100,000 (Worldwide) (12 June 2005) (except USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Philippines:

Did You Know?

Surpassed Shaolin Soccer (Shaolin Soccer) in February 2005 to become the highest-grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong.

Continuity: When Brother Sum is about set the children alight, he throws the lighter and it falls just a foot away from his feet, but then we see it flying dramatically through the air above the children's heads.

Brother Sum: Ever killed anyone?
Sing: I've always thought about it.

User Review

Freaking fantastic.

Rating: 10/10

Goodness me, what a fantastic movie. Caught the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the entire theater laughed until they cried. Amazingly directed, HILARIOUSLY funny, it blends a 1930s gangster stylishness into a Hong Kong kung fu movie to astonishing results. Who would've thought you could top Shaolin Soccer? Not me, until I saw this movie. Stephen Chow pulled it off. Chow's comedic timing gets better and better with every movie he makes, and while his films are depending more and more on CGI these days, and makes this movie much more a fantasy kung fu film than a traditional one, it hardly detracts from the enjoyable experience. Make it your mission to see this film - it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. I can't remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. My eyes still hurt from wiping away tears of laughter. Seriously.


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