Monday, May 9, 2011

Kung Fu Hustle: Kung Fu (2004)

Directed by and starring Stephen Chow this is the biggest Hong Kong film to date. Highest grossing in Hong Kong and the most US screens. The film is slapstick kung fu, after watching it I downloaded the poster, and if you zoom in you will see the quote they brag at the top. I agree with Ebert and thought, man this is like bugs bunny meets Buster Keaton [he worded it better... which he usually does].

Unlike some of the other "funny" kung fu films, where I'm not sure if I could be laughing or not, this one is funny and tries to be. It starts with the Ax gang reaping havoc in the city, then takes us to a small village with a landlord's mean wife imposing outrageous rules. When some imposters pose as the ax gang, and call in the real gang it is revealed that some of the towns residents are martial arts experts. The village then is forced into a conflict with this gang.

It is very silly, and better when I reflect on the film [after seeing some much worse films]. Part of the imdb modern 250. I suspect we haven't seen the last of Stephen Chow.

Vote: 6/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373074/

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