22. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)


Directed by: Stephen Chow
Written by: Stephen Chow, Xin Huo, Chan Man Keung, Kan-Cheung Tsang
Starring: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qui Yuen

Bitch, please.

It seems like Stephen Chow is unstoppable when it comes to directing, writing and acting with a sense of individuality and panache. His mad skills are demonstrated in the gloriously cartoon-like Kung Fu Hustle, which delivers comedy with a natural zing in the midst of action-packed mayhem that boasts its eccentric style and unrealistic execution.

While the visual storytelling is one that consistently keeps the viewers on their toes, a greater sense of character development could have made Kung Fu Hustle feel like more of a journey than a race to the finish. One of the greatest kicks we get out of martial arts movies is the central character’s development and growth in becoming the best, or unleashing their inner power. Sadly with Kung Fu Hustle, this aspect is washed over relatively quickly so that there’s more room for … well, Kung Fu. Nevertheless, the spirit of the film is as energetic as its high kicks and makes up for the quick fix ending.


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