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Kung Fu Hustle

Hong Kong release poster
Directed by Stephen Chow
Produced by Stephen Chow
Po Chu Chui
Jeffrey Lau
Executive and associates:
Bill Borden
Wellson Chin
Rita Fung
David Hung
Zhonglei Wang
Hai Cheng Zhao
Written by Stephen Chow
Xin Huo
Chan Man Keung
Kan-Cheung Tsang
Starring Stephen Chow
Yuen Wah
Yuen Qiu
Danny Chan Kwok Kwan
Bruce Leung
Music by Stephen Chow
Raymond Wong
Hang Yi
Xian Luo Zong
Cinematography Hang-Sang Poon
Editing by Angie Lam
Studio Film Production Asia
Star Overseas
Beijing Film Studio
China Film Group
Huayi Brothers
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
USA:
Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) September 14, 2004 (2004-09-14) (TIFF)
02004-12-23 December 23, 2004
Running time 95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Mandarin
Budget USD$20 million[1]
Gross revenue USD$100,914,445[1]
Followed by Kung Fu Hustle 2
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Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese: 功夫pinyin: Gōngfu) is a 2004 action comedy film directed and produced by, and starring Stephen Chow. The other film producers were Po Chu Chui and Jeffrey Lau, while the screenplay was written by Xin Huo, Chan Man Keung and Kan-Cheung Tsang. Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Danny Chan Kwok Kwan and Bruce Leung co-starred in prominent roles.

After achieving commercial success with Shaolin Soccer,[2] Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia began to develop Kung Fu Hustle in 2002. Although the film features the return of a number of retired actors from 1970s Hong Kong action cinema, it is in stark contrast to other martial arts films around the same time that have made the biggest impact in the West, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero.[3][4]

The cartoon style of the movie, accompanied by traditional Chinese music, is often cited as its most striking feature.[5][6]

The film was released on December 23, 2004 in China and on January 25, 2005 in United States. It received extremely positive reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 90% fresh certificate[7] and Metacritic 78 out of 100.[8] A commercial success (grossing USD$17 million in United States and USD$84 million in foreign countries.[1]), Kung Fu Hustle was the highest-grossing film in the history of Hong Kong[9] and the tenth highest-grossing foreign language film[10] It was also the highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2005.[11] Kung Fu Hustle won numerous awards, including Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards. The film revitalized media interest in the franchise, and a sequel Kung Fu Hustle 2 is due for release in 2010.

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Plot

Turmoil grips Shanghai in the 1940s. Various gangs vie for power, the most feared of which is The Axe Gang, led by the infamous Brother Sum and aptly named after its weapon of choice. In the absence of law enforcement, people can live peacefully only in poor areas which do not appeal to gangsters. An example is Pig Sty Alley, a tenement home to people of various trades, run by a lecherous landlord and his domineering wife. One day, two troublemakers, Sing and Bone, come to the alley impersonating members of the Axe Gang in order to command respect. This fails miserably and Sing's antics attract the real gang to the scene. In the massive brawl that ensues, the gangsters are defeated by three tenants who are actually powerful martial arts masters: Coolie, Tailor and Donut.

After the fight, Sing and Bone are apprehended by Brother Sum for causing trouble and publicly humiliating the Axe Gang. The two narrowly escape death when Sing impresses Sum with his lockpicking skill. Sum tells them that if they kill just one person, they will be accepted to join the gang. The next day the duo return to Pig Sty Alley to murder the Landlady, but comically fail due to ineptitude. The two part ways and narrowly escape from the furious Landlady. Sing is badly injured and finds himself in a traffic control pulpit; apparently "working" off his injuries, he pounds the steel sides and floor with unbelievable force, deforming the solid metal with deep handprints. After he has fully recovered, he rejoins Bone but has no memory of his mysterious healing.

Sing and Bone lament their failure on the streets and Sing describes his childhood. He spent his meagre life savings to buy a Buddhist Palm manual from a beggar with the intention of "preserving world peace". He practiced his skills, but when he tried to defend a mute girl from bullies trying to steal her lollipop, he is beaten and urinated on. Sing concludes that good guys never win and decides to become a bad person. After telling his story, the duo then steal ice cream from a street vendor, laughing maniacally as they escape from her on a tram.

Angered by his gang's defeat, Brother Sum hires the Harpists, a pair of skilled assassins who fight using a magical Guqin. They strike Pig Sty Alley at night as Coolie, Tailor and Donut are preparing to depart, having been evicted for antagonising the gang. The three are quickly overwhelmed, prompting the Landlord and Landlady, revealed to be Kungfu masters, to intervene. Although the killers and the Axe Gang are driven off, the three evictees suffer fatal injuries. The Coolie is decapitated, the Tailor dies from severe stab wounds, and Donut dies from a sustained injury. The Landlord and Landlady evacuate Pig Sty Alley out of concern for their tenants' safety.

The following day, after being humiliated and pummeled by a clerk he had previously antagonised, Sing mugs the female ice cream vendor from the earlier scene. She is revealed to be the mute girl from his childhood whom he had vainly tried to defend. He recognises the old lollipop she offers him as a token of her gratitude, but becomes upset, rebuffing her and berating Bone. Later, while despairing in the gutter, he is picked up by the Axe Gang and joins their ranks. Brother Sum, having earlier witnessed Sing's ability to quickly pick locks, instructs him to sneak into a mental asylum to free a notorious assassin, the Beast, the Ultimate King of Killers.

Brother Sum is initially skeptical that Sing has freed the right man because of the Beast's flippant attitude and sloppy appearance, but is ultimately convinced when he stops a bullet between his fingertips. Immediately afterward, the Beast approaches the Landlord and Landlady, who have come to Sum's casino. Exchanging introductions, Landlady explains that the good cannot coexist with the bad, moving Sing and changing him for the better. The Beast, Landlord and Landlady then engage in fierce battle and, using a giant funeral bell as a megaphone to amplify the Landlady's Lion's Roar, the couple nearly defeat the more powerful Beast. His desperate move, however, successfully pins them in mutual joint locks. Sing, stimulated by his newfound righteous nature, approaches the Beast and smashes his head with a table leg. The Beast angrily retaliates, pulverising Sing. Fortunately, Sing is spirited away to safety by the Landlord and Landlady when the Beast's back is turned. The Beast casually kills Brother Sum when rebuked and declares himself undefeatable.

Back in the Alley, Sing, wrapped head-to-toe in bandages and treated with Chinese medicine, undergoes metamorphosis. He quickly recovers from his wounds, and his latent potential as a Kungfu genius is realised. He engages the Axe Gang and the Beast, fending off the gangsters with ease. However, the Beast's Toad Technique sends Sing flailing high into the sky, where Sing realises how to wield the Buddhist Palm and dives back downwards with his palm outstretched and body ablaze. He creates a giant hand-shaped crater in the ground and easily subdues the Beast's last move. The Beast concedes defeat, and Sing calmly offers to make the Beast his student; weeping in gratitude, he kneels at Sing's feet and calls him "master".

Some time later, Sing and Bone open a candy store that specialises in lollipops. When the mute ice cream vendor walks by, Sing goes out to meet her. The two see each other as their childhood selves and run happily into the shop. Outside, the same beggar who sold Sing the Buddhist Palm manual offers a selection of martial arts manuals to a boy eating a lollipop.

Cast

  • Stephen Chow (周星馳) as Sing, a loser in life who aspires to join the Axe Gang. He attempts many misdeeds to produce a self-image of a "bad guy" but his deeds all failed miserably or backfired.
  • Yuen Wah (元華) as the Landlord of the Pig Sty Alley. He is lecherous and trouble-seeking. He is also a master of Taijiquan.
  • Danny Chan (陳國坤) as Brother Sum, the shady leader of the Axe Gang. The Axe Gang is the most feared gang in Shanghai, which controls many casinos, nightclubs and restaurants. The gang is notorious for its axe-wielding gangsters.
  • Bruce Leung (梁小龍) as The Beast, officially the world's top killer, a fact belied by his unkempt appearance. He has killed many in his quest to find a worthy opponent all to no avail. Therefore, he had himself committed to a mental asylum, until Sing freed him to deal with the Landlord and his wife. The final move he used on Sing; the "Toad Skill", is practised by the "Western Venom" Ouyang Feng, a villain from Louis Cha's Wuxia novel series Condor Trilogy.[12]
  • Chiu Chi Ling (趙志淩) as the effeminate Tailor of Pig Sty Alley. This retired Kungfu master specialises in the art of Hung Gar Iron Fist Kungfu (洪家鐵線拳) and he fights with iron rings on his arms.
  • Dong Zhi Hua (董志華) as Donut, a baker in Pig Sty Alley who is a retired Kungfu master. He specialises in the Eight Trigram Staff (五郎八卦棍).
  • Xing Yu (行宇) as the Coolie, a Kungfu master specialising in Twelve Kicks of the Tam School (十二路潭腿).
  • Eva Huang (黃聖依) as Fong, Sing's mute love interest. In her childhood, she was saved by Sing from a group of bullies. Ever since then, she sees him as her hero. In the present day, she works as an ice-cream vendor and they meet again.
  • Tin Kai Man (田啟文) as the advisor of Brother Sum.
  • Gar Hong Hay (賈康熙) and Fung Hak On (馮克安) as the Harpists, two killers hired by the Axe Gang to wipe out the Coolie, Tailor and Donut. Their instrument is the Guqin, or "Chinese harp". Their strongest skill which attacks opponents by playing their harp, ressembles the "Seven Strings' Invisible Swords" from Louis Cha's "The Smiling, Proud Wanderer" novel.
  • Lam Suet (林雪) and Liang Hsiao as high ranking members of the Axe Gang.
  • Yuen Cheung Yan (袁祥仁) as the Beggar who sold Sing the Buddhist Palm manual.
  • Feng Xiaogang as the leader of the Crocodile Gang. He is killed by the Axe Gang at the start of the film.

Production

Development

An early sketch of the Pig Sty Alley

Kung Fu Hustle is a co-production of the Beijing Film Studio and Hong Kong's Star Overseas.[13] After the success of his 2001 film, Shaolin Soccer, Chow was approached in 2002 by Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, offering to collaborate with him on a project. Chow accepted the offer, and the project eventually became Kung Fu Hustle.[14] Major inspirations of the film came from the martial arts films Chow watched as a child and his childhood ambition to become a martial artist.[15]

Chow's first priority was to design the main location of the film, the Pig Sty Alley. He grew up in an environment similar to the Alley and the plot included many aspects of his daily life.[16] A 1973 Shaw Brothers Studio film, The House of 72 Tenants was another inspiration for the Pig Sty Alley.[17] Designing of the Alley began in January 2003 and took four months to complete. Many of the props and furniture in the apartments were antiques from all over China.[18]

Choreography

CGI construction of the Buddhist Palm.

Kung Fu Hustle was produced with a budget of US$20 million.[19] Filming took place in Shanghai from June 2003 to November 2003.[20] Two-thirds of the time were spent shooting the fighting sequences.[15] The fighting scenes of Kung Fu Hustle were initially choreographed by Sammo Hung. Production suffered a setback when Hung quit after two months due to illness, tough outdoor conditions, interest in another project and arguments with the production crew.[21] To replace Hung, Chow immediately contacted Yuen Woo-ping, an action choreographer with experience ranging from Hong Kong action cinema of the 1960s to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix in the early 21st century. Yuen swiftly accepted the offer. In doing so, certain scenes in production under Hung were cancelled.[14] Yuen managed to take seemingly outdated wuxia fighting styles like the Deadly Melody and Buddhist Palm and recreate them on the screen with his own imagination.[22]

Special effects were mainly created with a combination of computer-generated imagery and wire work.[23] Legendary martial arts mentioned in wuxia novels were depicted and exaggerated through CGI, but actual people, rather than digital effects were used to film the final fight between Chow's character and the hundreds of axe-wielding gangsters.[13] A Hong Kong computer graphics company, Centro Digital Pictures Limited was solely responsible for the CGI of Kung Fu Hustle. The company had experience in highly acclaimed films like Shaolin Soccer and Kill Bill. Their team had performed extensive tests on various scenes that could be depicted by CGI before filming started. A group of six people followed the production crew throughout the shooting. Treatment of the preliminary shots began straight afterwards. The CGI crew removed wire effects and applied special effects under high resolution. After a final calibration of colour, data of the processed scenes were sent to the United States for the production of the final version of the film.[20]

Casting

Kung Fu Hustle pays tribute to many famous veterans of Hong Kong action cinema of the 1970s. Yuen Wah, a former student of the China Drama Academy Peking Opera School, plays the Landlord of the Pig Sty Alley. He has appeared in hundreds of Hong Kong films from the 1970s and was a stunt double of Bruce Lee. Yuen Wah considered the film to be the peak of his career. He remarked that despite the comedic nature of the film, the shooting process was a serious matter. With a tight schedule, there was no time for laughs. In spite of the film's success, Yuen Wah worried that nowadays fewer people practice martial arts.[24]

The part of the Landlady was offered to Yuen Qiu, another student of Yu Jim Yuen, sifu of the China Drama Academy. Yuen Qiu was a girl in The Man with the Golden Gun at the age of 18.[25] Having retired from the film industry after her marriage in the 1980s, Kung Fu Hustle was her comeback. She admitted that she never expected to star in the film. When her colleague was on stage during a tryout for Kung Fu Hustle, she stood near her and smoked a cigarette with a sarcastic expression on her face. That pose earned her the part. To fulfill Stephen Chow's image of a "fat lady", Yuen Qiu deliberately gained weight before production by eating midnight snacks on a daily basis.[25]

Leung Siu Lung, who plays the Beast, is Stephen Chow's childhood martial arts hero.[16] Leung Siu Lung was a famous action film director and actor in the 1970s and 1980s, known as the "Third Dragon" after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Having lost the Taiwanese film market in the late 1980s following a visit to China, he switched to doing business. Kung Fu Hustle was his return to the film industry after a 15-year hiatus. He regards Chow as a flexible director with high standards, and was particularly impressed by the first scene involving the Beast, which had to be reshot 28 times.[26]

Besides famous martial artists, Kung Fu Hustle features legends of Chinese cinema. Two famous Chinese directors appear in the film: Zhang Yibai, who plays Inspector Chan at the beginning of the film and Feng Xiaogang, who plays the boss of the Crocodile Gang.[27]

Huang Shengyi made her debut to the film industry and played Fong, a mute ice-cream vendor. Having been asked whether she wanted to have any dialogue in the film, she decided not to speak so as to stand out only with her body gestures. She stated that it was an honour to work with experienced actors and directors and a great learning opportunity for future roles.[28]

Music

The majority of the film's original score was composed by Raymond Wong and performed by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.[6] The score imitates traditional Chinese music in 1940s swordplay films.[29] One of Wong's works, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained provides a stark contrast between the villainous Axe Gang and the peaceful neighbourhood of the Pig Sty Alley, depicted by a Chinese folk song, Fisherman’s Song of the East China Sea.[27] Along with Wong's compositions and various traditional Chinese songs, classical compositions are featured in the score, including excerpts from Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate and Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian.[30] A song is sung in the background by Huang Shengyi at the end of the film. The song, "Zhi Yao Wei Ni Huo Yi Tian" (只要為你活一天) was written by Liu Jia Chang (劉家昌) in the 1970s. It tells of a girl's memories of a loved one, and her desire to live for him again.[31] Kung Fu Hustle was nominated for the Best Original Film Score in the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards.[32]

Asian and American versions of the soundtrack have been released. The Asian version of the soundtrack was released on 17 December 2004 by Sony Music Entertainment and has 33 tracks.[33] The American version of the soundtrack was released on 29 March 2005 by Varèse Sarabande and has 19 tracks.[34]

Parodies and references

Kung Fu Hustle makes references to a wide range of films, animated cartoons and other sources, drawing on ideas from Wuxia novels. The housing arrangement of the Pig Sty Alley is similar to that of a 1973 Hong Kong film, The House of 72 Tenants (七十二家房客). When Sing arrives at Pig Sty Alley, he shows fancy footwork with a football, then says, "You're still playing football?". This refers to his previous movie, Shaolin Soccer. During the altercation between Sing and the hairdresser, the hairdresser states, "Even if you kill me, there will be thousands more of me!". This is a parody of a saying by Lu Hao-tung, a Chinese revolutionary in the late Qing Dynasty.[35] The scene where Sing is chased by the Landlady as he flees from the Alley is a homage to Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, characters in Looney Tunes cartoons, down to the pursuer's (the Landlady's) ill fate. As Sing arrives at the door to the Beast's cell in the mental asylum, he hallucinates a large wave of blood rushing from the cell door, similar to a scene in The Shining.[36]

A major element of the plot is based on a Wuxia film series Palm of Ru Lai (如來神掌) released in 1964. Sing studied the same Buddhist Palm Kung Fu style from a young age and realised it at the end of the film. In reality, it does not leave palm-shaped craters and holes on impact. Instead, the user delivers powerful punches using his palm. The Chinese name of the Beast, the Evil God of the Fiery Cloud (火雲邪神) and the fight with the Landlady and her husband are also references to the film, where a mortally wounded master strikes the patterns of his art's final techniques into a bell so that his apprentice can learn from it.[37] There are direct references to some characters from Louis Cha's Wuxia novels. For example, the landlord and landlady referred to themselves as Yang Guo (楊過) and Xiaolongnü (小龍女) from Cha's The Return of the Condor Heroes when they met the Beast.[38]

An aerial shot of Sing fighting the Axe Gang. The fight is reminiscent of The Matrix Reloaded.

References to gangster films are also present. The boss of the Axe Gang, Brother Sum (琛哥) is named after Hon Sam (韓琛), the triad boss in Infernal Affairs.[39] The Harpists imitate The Blues Brothers, wearing similar hats and sunglasses at all times. When they are flattered by the Axe Gang advisor, one of them answers "Strictly speaking we're just musicians", similar to a line by Elwood Blues.[40] When Donut dies, he says "in great power lies great responsibility", a clear reference to Spider-Man, said by Uncle Ben before his death.[35] Afterwards, with his dying breath, he gets up, grabs the Landlord by the shirt and utters in English, "What are you prepared to do?", a nod to Sean Connery's character Jim Malone in Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables.[41] The final fight between Sing (who has been reborn into "the one" paying homage to Bruce Lee by wearing his costume in Enter the Dragon and using his fighting style) and the hundreds of gangsters imitates the fight between Neo and hundreds of Agent Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded.[13][35] The scene in which the Beast prompts an axe member to punch him harder is reminiscent of a similar scene in Raging Bull, with Robert De Niro's character prompting Joe Pesci's character. The last scene, in which the beggar tries to sell martial arts manuals, refers directly to the greatest skills in Louis Cha's Condor Trilogy (Nine Yang Manual, Divine Finger Skill, and Eighteen Dragon-Subduing Palms), Thousand Hand Divine Fist, and The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (Nine Swords of Dugu). The scene where the landlady confronts Brother Sum in the back of his car is a homage to Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon, where he cracks his knuckles and gives a fast upper nod to the bad guy, telling him to back off.

Releases

Kung Fu Hustle had its world premiere at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. It was then released in China, Hong Kong and other countries in Asia with significant overseas Chinese populations in December 2004. The film was first shown in the United States at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005, and then opened in a general release on 22 April 2005 after being shown in Los Angeles and New York for two weeks. The film was released to most of Europe in June 2005.[42] Kung Fu Hustle is rated IIB (not suitable for children and young persons) in Hong Kong, R in the United States for sequences of strong stylised action and violence and is rated to be viewed by people with a minimum age ranging from 13 to 18 in other countries.[43]

The North American DVD release was on 8 August 2005.[42] A Blu-Ray version of the DVD was released on 12 December 2006 by Sony Pictures. A UMD version of the movie was released for the Playstation Portable.

The Portuguese title of the movie is Kungfusão, which sounds like kung fu and Confusão (confusion).[44] In the same way, the Italian and Spanish titles were Kung-fusion and Kung-fusión, puns of "confusion".[45][46] In France, the film is known as Crazy Kung Fu, and the Hungarian title is A Pofonok Földje, meaning The Land of Punches.[47][48]

Reception

The film was well-received generally by critics, earning the high score of 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes based on a total of 166 reviews.[7] Hong Kong director and film critic Gabriel Wong praised the film for its black comedy, special effects and nostalgia, citing the return of many retired kung fu actors from the 1970s.[49] Film critic Roger Ebert described the film "like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny" at the Sundance Film Festival.[50] The comment was printed on the promotion posters for Kung Fu Hustle in the United States.[51][52] Other critics described it as a comedic version of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[53] Positive reviews generally give credit to the elements of mo lei tau comedy present in the film.[54] A number of reviewers viewed it as a computer-enhanced Looney Tunes punch-up.[7][55] Much of the criticism for the film is directed at its lack of character development and a coherent plot. Las Vegas Weekly, for instance, criticised the film for the lack of a central protagonist and character depth.[56] Criticisms are also directed at the film's cartoonish and childish humour.[57] Richard Roeper gave it a negative review, saying he had “never been a fan of that over the top slapstick stuff”.[58]

Box office

Kung Fu Hustle opened in Hong Kong on 23 December 2004, and earned HK$4,990,000 on its opening day. It stayed at the top of the box office for the rest of 2004 and for much of early 2005, eventually grossing HK$60 million. Its box office tally made it the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong history, surpassing the previous record holder, Chow's Shaolin Soccer.[9] The film's opening weekend at United States was USD$269,225, £469,211 at United Kingdom, €16,094 at Netherlands and $260,000 at Philippines. It grossed SGD 1,885,201 at Singapore as total, where the premiere was.[4]

The film began a limited two-week theatrical run in New York City and Los Angeles on 8 April 2005 before being widely released across North America on 22 April. In its first week of limited release in seven cinemas, it grossed US$269,225 (US$38,461 per screen).[59] When it was expanded to a wide release in 2,503 cinemas, the largest number of cinemas ever for a foreign language film, it made a modest US$6,749,572 (US$2,696 per screen), eventually grossing a total of US$17,108,591 in 129 days. In total, Kung Fu Hustle had a worldwide gross of US$101,104,669.[60] While not a blockbuster, Kung Fu Hustle managed to become the highest-grossing foreign language film in North America in 2005, and went on to gain a cult following on DVD.[11]

Awards

Kung Fu Hustle received a large number of award nominations in the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards of 2005. It was nominated for 16 Hong Kong Film Awards and won 6:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor (Yuen Wah)
  • Best Sound Effects
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Film Editing[30]

In the Golden Horse Awards, Kung Fu Hustle received 10 nominations and won 5:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Stephen Chow)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Yuen Qiu)
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best make-up and costume design.[61]

Furthermore, the movie was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film,[13] as well as a BAFTA award for Best Film not in the English language.[62]

It was named Outstanding Film in the 2006 Hundred Flowers Award.

Other portrayals

An MMO 2D side-scrolling fighter game based on the movie is currently undergoing closed beta testing in Taiwan, and is due for release in 2009. It will be free, aiming to generate profit through in-game micro transactions. Stages of the game will resemble scenes in the film, such as the alley and highway. Players in the game will not take the form of Stephen Chow's character, Sing, and it is not known whether any major characters will return; however, the Axe Gang is present in early testing releases.[63]

In 2005, Chow asserted that there would be a sequel to Kung Fu Hustle, although he had not settled on a female lead. "There will be a lot of new characters in the movie. We'll need a lot of new actors. It's possible that we'll look for people abroad besides casting locals."[64] Production of Kung Fu Hustle 2 was delayed while Chow filmed the sci-fi adventure CJ7 (formerly known as A Hope). As a result, Kung Fu Hustle 2 is slated for a 2010 release.[64]

See also

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Kung Fu Hustle is a 2005 film about two hapless conmen on the streets of 1940s Shanghai who pretend to be the members of the ruthless Axe Gang. Their extortion scheme fails when the victims fight back, and the plot thickens when the real Axe Gang shows up. Meanwhile, the run-down tenement that is being attacked, the Pig Sty, turns out to count amongst its residents superhuman kung-fu fighters.

Directed by Stephen Chow. Written by Tsang Kan Cheong, Stephen Chow, Xin Huo and Chan Man Keung

Contents

Sing

  • [To ice cream vendor] What're you looking at? Never seen an ice cream thief before? [Runs away without paying, laughing maniacally]
  • [Shouting while puncturing football] No more soccer!

Landlady

  • How come you became righteous? Have you anything to say? [Sing draws a stick of candy on the ground with his blood] I can't read it, it's not in Chinese!
  • [To tailor] What's with the red underwear?
  • You may know kung fu... but you're still a fairy.
  • [on Sing's new kung fu skills] If he studies hard, he could be a doctor or a lawyer. [pause] More likely a stuntman.

The Beast

  • In the world of kung fu, speed defines the winner.
  • Don't get me wrong! I only want to kill you, or be killed by you.
  • It's just a title.(Refering to the name The Beast)
  • This doesn't make any sense at all.

Other

Axe Gang Advisor: Lets kill them all and make this place a brothel!

Dialogue

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

Bone: You gave him your life savings?
Sing: Yes. I was saving to become a doctor or lawyer... but this was world peace.

Sing: [feelingly] I realized then that good guys never win. I want to be bad. I want to be a ruthless killer!
Bone: [looks up] Ice cream!
[He leaves]
Sing: Where?
[He follows]

Bone: Memories can be painful. To forget may be a blessing!
Sing: [amazed] I never knew you were so deep.

Axe Gang Advisor: So that makes you the best killers in circulation, right?
Harpist #1: In actuality, we are just a pair of street musicians.

Barber: Why don't you train us to be top fighters... and we'll avenge them!
Landlady: Becoming a top fighter takes time, unless you're a natural-born kung-fu genius, and they're 1 in a million.
Barber: [Doing martial arts routine] It's obvious I'm the one!
Landlady: [Punches him in the face, knocking him to the floor] Don't think so.

The Beast: What awesome kung fu was that?
Sing: You wanna learn? I will teach you!

Donut: [in English] What are you prepared to do?
Landlord: We can't understand what you're saying!

Taglines

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

Cast

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