A review of kung fu hustle a movie by stephen chow

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Here, he not only pays tribute to wuxia but also uses its history—not just conventions—as narrative shorthand and fodder for comedy. This double-act is a joy: especially when the ferocious landlady throws her husband out of the window and Chow and his fight director contrive an extraordinary overhead shot in which the poor man simply plummets, limp as a ragdoll, crashing through an awning and landing heavily on the ground, where a flower pot crashes on his head, like Oliver Hardy. Wah considered starring in Kung Fu Hustle to be the peak of his career. The use of digital effects in this film are extreme. I can't remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. Sing's reasons for wanting to join the gang are simple: bad guys are cooler. And, when the Axe Gang brings violence to this little corner of Shanghai, the residents are more than capable of fighting back. This is only partly a compliment: 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. Because there's a strong element of parody in the way Kung Fu Hustle has been developed, it has a cartoonish feel. Chow, true to his roots, sometimes carries slapstick to the point of gruesome brutality, which shows a certain integrity: this stuff may be fun, but you can really get hurt doing it. Well, perhaps we were indeed being served up pre-packaged exoticism - though that's always the way, and it didn't stop the movies from being great - and now Stephen Chow's outrageously enjoyable action comedy Kung Fu Hustle helps to redress the balance.

But the trickery doesn't diminish his skill, because despite all the wires and effects in the world, a martial arts actor must be a superb athlete. The site's critical consensus reads: "Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

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This is a reference to a famous quote made by Lu Haodong , a Chinese revolutionary in the late Qing dynasty. You laugh. Beyond standard martial arts action there are more special effects here than you can shake a stick at She chose to have no dialogue in the film so that she could stand out only with her body gestures. Stephen Chow is truly a great director But the trickery doesn't diminish his skill, because despite all the wires and effects in the world, a martial arts actor must be a superb athlete. Then why have you read this far? She is said to have gained 30 pounds to give the Landlady some necessary heft, but she seems to burn it all off on screen, as she tears through a performance that is equal parts Lucille Ball , Thelma Ritter and the Tasmanian Devil. A couple of oddball characters show up in Pig Sty claiming to be members of the Axe Gang Stephen Chow, Chi Chung Lam and they end up complicating things for both the gang and the town. Wachowski's take not, this is how you direct Yuen Wo Ping to this artistic peak.

Make it your mission to see this film - it will be one of the most entertaining you ever see. Some of the effects not only will have you in stitches, but also in shock and awe at the sheer incredibility of some of the scenes.

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One of the jokes is that completely unlikely characters, including the landlady and local middle-age tradesmen, turn out to be better warriors than the professionals.

Legendary martial arts mentioned in wuxia novels were depicted and exaggerated through CGI, but actual people were used for the final fight between Chow's character and hundreds of axe-wielding gangsters.

He's working with fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, who modifies his style to provide something less obviously beautiful, but very spectacular and inventive.

A review of kung fu hustle a movie by stephen chow

Television actress Eva Huang , in her film debut, was chosen from over 8, women. This double-act is a joy: especially when the ferocious landlady throws her husband out of the window and Chow and his fight director contrive an extraordinary overhead shot in which the poor man simply plummets, limp as a ragdoll, crashing through an awning and landing heavily on the ground, where a flower pot crashes on his head, like Oliver Hardy. His love of those old movies is evident in every frame this picture. Its box office tally made it the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong history, [70] until it was beaten by You Are the Apple of My Eye in Opening at a time when Hong Kong was mired in an economic and political funk ominously symbolized by the continuing decline of its film industry, Hustle has given the people a reason to believe again. Three cheers for Chow Sing Chi! Fans of "traditional" kung fu cinema will think they have died and gone to heaven. It starts out with an interesting contrast of dramatic music and a butterfly floating by imposing cliffs, which we eventually soar above to watch them turn into the title of the film. He regarded 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. There will probably be sequels, but to some extent they will be redundant, since "Kung Fu Hustle" can be watched again and again. This film is rated R. If Hero was stupidly beautiful, this is beautifully stupid. For all its thundering effects and flickbook edits, it is, at heart, rabidly retro, recalling the lunacy of Chinese Ghost Story and the knuckle-basics of the Shaw brothers: that is, minimum plot, maximum rumble.

He is 41 years old, and has been busy. At first I thought I was going to be treated to an old style kung fu movie without any wire work or wire-fu as it's come to be knownbut eventually the wire-fu creeps in, and then barges in big-time.

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