Kung Fu Hustle (image 1)

It seems to whir every kung-fu movie ever made into the most luscious action smoothie you'll ever imbibe.

David Edelstein, Slate

Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Kung Fu Hustle 2004

Gongfu

Directed by Stephen Chow

Celebrate the opening of That’s Incredible Cinema with this once-only screening of the hilarious and breathtaking Hong Kong mega-hit on the big screen. “A kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice

China / Hong Kong In Cantonese with English subtitles
99 minutes CinemaScope

Director

Screenplay

Stephen Chow
,
Tsang Kan-cheong
,
Lola Huo
,
Chan Man-keung

Photography

Poon Hang-sang

Editor

Angie Lam

Music

Raymond Wong

With

Stephen Chow
,
Yuen Wah
,
Yuen Qiu
,
Leung Siu-lung
,
Dong Zhi-hua

Festivals

Toronto 2004; Sundance 2005

Elsewhere

Celebrate the opening of an outrageously strong That’s Incredible Cinema line-up with this once-only screening of the hilarious and breathtaking Hong Kong mega-hit on the big screen. “It's been a long time – you might have to go back to the Bruce Lee era – since a martial-arts film busted through the limits of physical freedom as wildly, and promiscuously, as Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow's insanely entertaining smash fantasy… Chow, perhaps the first action star and filmmaker to be as influenced by classic cartoons as by the karate-chop balletics of human movement, directs like a gonzo fusion of Tarantino and Tex Avery… The chief villains, or so it appears in the leaky madhouse of what I'll kindly call a plot, are the Axe Gang, a tribe of top-hatted brutes… who wreak bloody havoc on Pig Sty Alley. It's fair to think that these whirligig cutthroats have set the standard for homicidal omnipotence, but they're pussycats next to the Beast (Leung Siu-lung), who emerges in his tacky hospital sandals, like a Dr Lecter gone to seed, to prove that he can kill all comers. It's up to Chow, as the poseur-turned-hero, to match him blow for mighty surreal blow. He does it in a climax of high-flying ultraviolence that will leave you gasping between giggles.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“Escalating from straightforward kick-punch-and-parry through aerial acrobatics to delirious CGI freestyle… Kung Fu Hustle is a kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice