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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
    see all Kung Fu Hustle reviews
  • 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

2 stars

I seem to be the only one that did not enjoy this movie. I found the comedy to be way too elementary. I ended up not laughing too much. (It's been a while since I've watched this movie so bear with me).

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012

4 stars

An inept would be gangster inadvertently causes a war between a tap dancing, axe wielding gang and a poor rural village which unwittingly acted as a retirement community for ex-martial arts masters. The follow up to Stephen Chow's amusing genre send up Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle is more Loony Tunes than Crouching Tiger. Its mix of slapstick comedy and cartoon violence feels like a breath of fresh air in such a po-faced genre, and anyone who enjoyed the mix of martial arts and comedy of Mr. Vampire or A Chinese ghost Story will surely enjoy this. It's a deconstruction of classic Asian cinema from the likes of the Shaw Brothers and introduces tongue in cheek, post modern comedy that almost reminded me of Terry Gilliam in places which makes for a warm homage to the genre with plenty of laughs at the expense of grandiose Asian mythology. As action packed as it is deeply silly, Kung Fu Hustle is huge fun from beginning to end.

- garyX, Friday, December 2, 2011

4 stars

Kung Fu Hustle guarantees entertainment with intense, wild, and creative martial arts.

- fb1216165431, Saturday, September 10, 2011