Review: Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle is by far, the strangest kung fu movie I have ever seen. In a way, it’s like a lot of other kung fu movies, but in another way, it’s a parody of all those other kung fu movies. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedies, kung fu movies, or both.

What I enjoyed more than the laughs (which were good) in the movie, was the score. I liked how they had a mix of traditional Chinese and western music. The sound effects for the fights were good too, especially the scene where one of the guys was kicking a bunch of baddies and it made a pinball sound each time he kicked a bad guy.

I couldn’t help but notice that there was some theme of modernized westerners versus traditional Chinese in the movie. I wonder if the director/writer was trying to say something.

Oh, and the subtitle was only slightly off. When the land lady was calling the flamboyant tailor a ‘fairy’ in the English subtitle, she was actually saying ‘butt bandit’ or ‘butt monster’ in Cantonese.

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  1. says

    The theme of western versus traditional Chinese/Kung Fu movie is not uncommon when analyzing the two styles. They’ve actually influenced each other in the past. Tarantino exploits this influence in Kill Bill. Just watch a movie like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and compare it to something as seemingly farfetched as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (or even Hero) and you’ll see similarities in style especially the way fight/gun scenes unfold.

  2. Lil says

    ahhh, I bet you miss DC++ as I downloaded this movie about three weeks ago. I absolutely love it! Have you seen Ong-Bak?

  3. Lil says

    Yeah, I thought Ong-Bak was pretty cool, and it was funny in some parts (not the part with the overdosing prostitute). It was much more serious than Kung Fu Hustle. I love the landlady in that movie.