Kung Fu Hustle
KUNG FU HUSTLE (15)
D: Stephen Chow
Columbia/Sony Pictures Classics (Stephen Chow, Chui Po-Chu & Jeff Lau)
Hong Kong/China 2004 (released 2005)
W: Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan-Cheong, Xin Huo & Chan Man-Keung
DP: Poon Hang-Seng
Ed: Angie Lam
Mus: Raymond Wong, Stephen Chow, Hang Yi & Xian Luo Zong
Stephen Chow (Sing), Yuen Wah (Landlord of Pig Sty Alley), Yuen Qiu (Landlady of Pig Sty Alley), Leung Siu-Lung (The Beast)
In 1940's China, a wannabe gangster aspires to join a notorious gang, while residents of a housing complex demonstrate extraordinary powers in defending their turf.
The film is a rather surreal mix of martial arts, action and comedy, but highly entertaining, though there will be some who will find it hard to get through the opening 30 minutes.