Kung Fu Hustle

Been asked recently about Asian films and, well, you can’t go wrong with watching Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle [IMDB] [Wikipedia].

Kung Fu Hustle is a wonderful remaking of classic wuxia stories – but rather than take place in one of the dynasty periods, it takes place in 1930s Shanghai, its shanties and criminal underworld. All the Chow regulars appear, but unlike his previous films, this one is seriously high-budget (a whopping 20 million US) – and it shows. Chow plays the wannabe gangster who sets off the battle between the Axe Gang and the residents of Pig Sty Alley – five of whom just happen to be kung-fu masters. Visually, the film is stunning, and unlike other wuxia films, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, combining Chow’s regular comedy into the superbly-choreographed fight scenes. The film is an absolute joy, combining fantasy, romance, action and comedy to create "the highest grossing film in the history of Hong Kong".

Chow went on to make CJ7, a science fiction film for kids.

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