Kung Fu Hustle

Rated R 95 minutes 2005

The era is pre-revolutionary China, and the gangs run everything. The only parts of the city safe from organized crime are the slums, where there's no profit to be had. Particularly uninteresting to them is Pig Sty Alley, which is presided over by a shrieking, chain-smoking landlady (Yuen Qiu). Into this alley comes Sing (writer-director Stephen Chow), along with his overweight, unnamed sidekick (Lam Tze Chung). Due to a childhood humiliation, Sing has determined that good guys never win and thus wants to be a villain, so he pretends to be a gangster, inadvertently drawing the real gangsters in. This in turn flushes out some undercover kung fu masters, and things keep escalating with the arrival of supernatural assassins and an evil master known as The Beast (Leung Siu Lung). Unlike in Shaolin Soccer, Chow doesn't waste time with plot, focusing instead on the increasingly manic fights, which involve cartoon-like powers seemingly derived equally from Looney Tunes and Capcom video games. Two scenes of unnecessary grossness mar things, but otherwise it's a blast.

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Official Site: www.kungfuhustle.com

Director: Stephen Chow

Writer: Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong, Lola Huo and Chan Mankeung

Producer: Stephen Chow, Chui Po-chu and Jeff Lau

Cast: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Leung Siu-lung, Dong Zhihua, Chiu Chi-ling, Xing Yu, Chan Kwok Kwan, Huang Shengyi and Lam Tze Chung

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