in about 100 words or less
Hong Kong 95m, Colour
Director: Stephen Chow; Cast: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, Bruce Leung
Kung Fu Hustle is a martial arts musical comedy with the style of a classic cartoon that allows the combatants to defy the laws of gravity and the forces of nature. In employing a number of formerly retired actors from the 1970s, Kung Fu Hustle is also an homage to that period and style of film. The use of all Chinese music in the score is also noteworthy in providing a lush and nostalgic feel to the production. The special effects, which allow the characters to do the impossible, are employed to create some of the most over-the-top and hilarious fighting sequences in film. The strangest, and perhaps the most lasting images are the unexpected and oddly entertaining musical dance numbers performed by the Axe Gang members who are otherwise cold-blooded killers (Klaus Ming March 2010).