Kung Fu Hustle
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The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying kung fu skills, and a tiny war erupts between the local masters and the axe-wielding gang. After… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar."
‑ Sam Ho, Film Comment Magazine
"The ever-shifting genre of martial arts films takes on yet another variation with writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's CGI spectacle infused comic Kung Fu adventure."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A film that is geared simply, straightforwardly and, above all, honestly to providing absolute entertainment."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre."
‑ , Film4
"Gravity takes a backseat to levity."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The laws of physics no longer apply, if they ever did; characters leap, run at neck-breaking speed, bash each other through several walls with one blow."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Keeps the gags flying almost as rapidly as the fists."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"While those who can't stand long fight scenes might find it a bit tiresome, everyone else is going to consider this a sweet, light-hearted martial arts treat."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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