KUNG FU HUSTLE

Silly Buddhist Fantasy

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Release Date: April 08, 2005

Starring: Stephen Chow, Yuen Qiu, Leung Siu Lung, Yuen Wah, and Chan Kwok Kwan

Genre: Martial Arts Thriller/Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 99 minutes

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Content:

CONTENT: (PaPaPa, FRFRFR, OOO, Ho, LL, VVV, S, N, A, D, M) Very strong mystical pagan worldview with very strong references to Buddhism and supernatural martial arts abilities, and very strong occult content, as well as two minor characters are homosexual; 13 obscenities and bullies urinate on boy trying to help girl; some very strong violence includes man’s leg cut off by axe and man decapitated, plus lots of martial arts fighting includes kicking and punching and blocking kicks and punches, man is able to turn into a large toad and leap high into the art so he can smash opponents through buildings, woman uses Lion’s Roar to blast people with sonic vibrations, and martial artists display other supernatural powers; no sex scenes but two minor characters are homosexual; rear male nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, bumbling vagrant pretends to be gangster, jail break, and gangsters threaten and extort poor neighborhood.

Summary:

KUNG FU HUSTLE is a mystical martial arts thriller from China with a heavy dose of cartoonish comedy, about a gang of vicious criminals who threaten a poor neighborhood. Besides being too silly for words, KUNG FU HUSTLE contains a very strong mystical worldview where martial artists gain supernatural powers by following Buddhism.

Review:

KUNG FU HUSTLE is a mystical martial arts thriller from China with a heavy dose of cartoonish comedy. Although it is not meant to be taken seriously, it is nevertheless filled with mystical Buddhist philosophy and supernatural magical abilities.

In the story, a group of vicious gangsters, known as the Axe Gang, threatens Pig Sty Alley, a poor neighborhood ruled by a mean, loud landlady and her henpecked husband. Three of the neighborhood’s denizens, the tailor, the baker and a manual laborer, turn out to be retired martial arts experts with supernatural abilities. Eventually, however, they fail, but the landlady and her husband save the day because they also are retired martial arts experts mourning the death of their son.

The head of the Axe Gang decides to break the toughest assassin out of an insane asylum. When the assassin starts to defeat the landlady and her husband, it is up to a bumbling would-be thief to find his own supernatural powers and rescue the neighborhood.

Beautifully photographed, KUNG FU HUSTLE nevertheless is filled with lots of silly comedy. For instance, the landlady has the ability to run super-fast, like the Road Runner in Loony Toons cartoons.

Besides being too silly for words, KUNG FU HUSTLE contains a very strong mystical worldview where martial artists can gain supernatural powers by following Buddhism. The movie also contains some very strong violence and obscenities.

In Brief:

KUNG FU HUSTLE is a mystical martial arts thriller from China with a heavy dose of cartoonish comedy. A group of gangsters, known as the Axe Gang, threatens Pig Sty Alley, a poor neighborhood ruled by a mean, loud landlady and her henpecked husband. Three of the neighborhood’s denizens, the tailor, the baker and a manual laborer, turn out to be retired martial arts experts with supernatural abilities. Eventually, the landlady and her husband save the day because they also are retired martial arts experts. The head of the Axe Gang decides to break the toughest assassin out of an insane asylum. When the assassin starts to defeat the landlady and her husband, it is up to a bumbling would-be thief to release his own supernatural powers and rescue the neighborhood.

Beautifully photographed, KUNG FU HUSTLE nevertheless is filled with lots of silly comedy. For instance, the landlady has the ability to run super-fast, like the Road Runner in Loony Toons cartoons. Besides being too silly for words, KUNG FU HUSTLE contains a very strong mystical worldview where martial artists gain supernatural powers by following Buddhism. The movie also contains some very strong violence.