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Kung Fu Hustle
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Starring: Stephen Chow, Lam Tze Chung, Yuen Qiu, Yuen Wah
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Sony Pictures Classics
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Kiddie Movie: I vote for you leaving them at home even though the violence is kinda slapstick.
Date Movie: If she loved "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," maybe leave her with the kids
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of it, and it's pretty funny.
Action: Lots of it, and it's pretty funny.
Laughs: Lots of it, and well, it's funny.
Memorable Scene: Pretty much any scene with Landlady.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Stephen Chow
Produced By: Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Jeff Lau

Kung Fu Hustle
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:35 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"Kung Fu Hustle" is definitely not a movie for everyone. First off, itís spoken in Chinese with English subtitles, so if you hate reading a movie, you might get a little put off. Alright, come to think of, thatís the only off about the movie because I really enjoyed it, although at times it seemed a little slow. Hereís the basics of the story.

The Axe gang rules the city, controls the police, and pretty much can do whatever they want, but they generally donít worry about certain sections of the city because, well, those sections are people living in squalor, so why bother? In the case of our movie, this section of town is called Pig Sty Alley. We get introduced to life in Pig Sty Alley, with a fraternizing Landlord (Yuen Wah) and his overbearing wife, Landlady (Yuen Qiu), and the cast of kooky townsfolk including Donut (Dong Zhi Hua), Tailor (Chiu Chi Ling), and others. Enter Sing (Stephen Chow) and Singís Sidekick (Lam Tze Chung). They come to Pig Sty Alley as members of the Axe gang, demanding a haircut, then demanding to be paid for their haircut. The problem is they are a couple oafs, and then the real Axe gang shows up. A big old fight ensues, only the Axe gang gets their collective butts kicked by a group of kung fu masters who just happened to live out their lives in Pig Sty Alley. Well, the Axe gang isnít very happy with this, let alone the fact that Sing and his buddy were impersonating themselves as members of the Axe gang, so know it is time for Sing and his buddy to make it up to the Axe gang members.

Look, the story is kinda dorky, I think you get the point, but the thing about "Kung Fu Hustle" is that it takes that artsy Kung Fu story, you know, your "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" type of movie, and makes fun of it. You get flying, you get three dudes kicking the crap out of hundreds, you get people being able to crash through ten rooms and still come up standing, and you get a lot of hilarity.

I enjoyed that fact that Chow (also the director), made a funny look at how crazy some kung fu scenes can seem, especially when we find out why there were frogs near the cell of the "Master" brought in to kick the crap out of the Landlord and Landlady. I didnít even mind having to read the movie as it went along. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Kung Fu Hustle."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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