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Kung Fu Hustle

action & adventure, comedy, foreign


KUNG FU HUSTLE perfectly blends original comedy and explosive martial arts action. Creative and imaginative characters slam together in a comic blend of Quentin Tarantino meets Jackie Chan in a film that goes beyond the limits of mere comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    89%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Rowdy martial arts comedy. Older teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes extravagant violence, mostly cartoonish and stylized (martial arts wirework and digitally enhanced). The characters range from nave romantics to hardcore hired killers, the tone is wildly comic and often charming, as the film pays homage to previous martial arts films. The good guys not only win, but also encourage the villain to rethink his evil ways.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the traditional story of a young hero who achieves his destiny, the popularity of kung fu movies, and the use of excessive violence to comic effects.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    89%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Thumbing its nose at gravity, deflating Zen solemnity, embracing big-top artifice with childish glee, Kung Fu Hustle zings you with some of the most unfettered slapstick ever put on film.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"In the world of kung fu, speed determines the winner." In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. REVIEW "Kung Fu Hustle" is "Kill Bill" with a healthy dose of Looney Tunes thrown in for good measure. It's a rip off of about a hundred other films, but yet it never feels like a rip off. To Stephen Chow's credit, it feels totally original, and you find yourself as you're watching the movie eagerly waiting for the next bit of insane craziness he's going to throw on to the screen. This movie pokes fun at the earnestness of recent films in the genre, like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Hero," and "House of Flying Daggers." Nothing is taken seriously here, and thank God for that. This is one bit of nonsense after another, and it's enormously entertaining. Film buffs should have a blast ticking off the homages to other films. The Axe Gang brings to mind the Crazy 88's of "Kill Bill." Chow tips his hat to the blood-spurting elevator scene from "The Shining." A poster for "Top Hat" is prominently displayed in the background of one scene (suggesting that Chow draws inspiration for his dazzling fight choreography from the fancy footwork of Fred and Ginger). And "The Matrix" gets its due as well. Chow gives himself a fun character to play, and he's also written a very clever screenplay. Pay careful attention to the early scenes, because clues that you might be tempted to shrug off as just being silly bits of embellishment actually become quite important later on. And lastly, this movie has an awesome soundtrack.

- mrpopcorn, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4 stars

A very funny film, Kung Fu Hustle kicks bottom kung Fu Style!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4 stars

With the help of an incompetent wannabe criminal and his fat bumbling sidekick, a gang of dapper axe-wielding criminals tries to take over a Shanghai tenement where every other resident seems to be a legendary kung fu master with mystical powers. Insanely fun popcorn action/comedy with genuinely hilarious sequences and bizarrely inventive battles.

- 366weirdmovies, Monday, February 2, 2009