Archive of films Kung Fu Hustle / Gong fu
2004, 99 min
Petty thief Sing is trying to work his way up to the criminal elite and become a member of the merciless and feared gang which controls the whole of Shanghai. Sing senses that he lacks several basic prerequisites in order to become a true criminal and killer.
During the 1940s chaos, confusion and anarchy were sweeping through continental China. Petty thief Sing is trying to work his way up to the criminal elite and become a member of the merciless and feared gang which controls the whole of Shanghai. He begins his career in an overpopulated district, where he is vainly seeking his niche as a blackmailer. The powerful gang sits up and takes notice when he tries to make some money using tragicomic methods, and, unintentionally, he starts off a battle between inhabitants of the district, and criminals from the gang. Several legendary masters of kung fu suddenly turn up. Sing senses that he lacks several basic prerequisites in order to become a true criminal and killer. Instead he is initiated into the true essence of kung fu mastery.
About the director
Stephen Chow (b. 1962, Hong Kong) is a permanent fixture in Asian comedy. He began as the host of a children’s TV show. He debuted in features with Final Justice (Pik lik sin fung, 1988), then came the successful film parody All for the Winner (Du sheng, 1990). Other films followed: Justice, My Foot (Sam sei goon, 1992), for which he won the Asian Pacific Film Award for Best Actor, and Forbidden City Cop (Daai laap mat taam, 1996). He subsequently became established as a director with the films King of Destruction (Po huai zhi wang, 1994), From Beijing with Love (Guo chan Ling Oi, 1994), God of Cookery (Sik san, 1996), The King of Comedy (Hei kek ji wong, 1999) and Shaolin Soccer (Siu lam juk kau, 2001), which won seven of the main Hong Kong Film Awards. The action film Kung Fu Hustle broke onto the international scene: it has been screened at numerous festivals as well as in cinemas in many Western countries.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Screenplay:||Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong, Lola Huo, Chan Man Keung|
|Dir. of Photography:||Poon Hang Sang|
|Producer:||Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Jeff Lau|
|Cast:||Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung, Dong Zhi Hua, Chiu Chi Ling, Xing Yu|
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