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Kung Fu Hustle

功夫 (Gong fu)
Hong Kong 2004. Dir: Stephen Chow. 95 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT | One-man band Stephen Chow co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the box-office behemoth Kung Fu Hustle, a film that knocked Chow’s own Shaolin Soccer (2001) off the podium for the highest grossing domestically-made movie in Hong Kong history. None of its commercial success would be possible were the film not guffawing in its satire and spectacularly madcap in its action… which of course it is! Most indelible are the playful homages to a roll call of cinema classics, from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining to King Hu’s Dragon Inn, and its heart-on-sleeve tribute to the kung fu “hustlers” of yesteryear (industry veterans Yuen Qiu, Yuen Wah, and Leung Siu all feature). “Like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny” (Roger Ebert). Print courtesy TIFF’s Film Reference Library.


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REVIEWS

★★★★ "Invigorating, bombastic, out-there, and very funny."

Empire | full review

"Chow manages to have his cake and eat it too: Kung Fu Hustle is a kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie."

Village Voice | full review