Stephen Chow2001-2010ActionChinaFantasy

Stephen Chow – Gong Fu aka Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Back in the summer of 2004, a friend from a website I used to review for encouraged me to review Stephen Chow’s movie Shoalin Soccer. Biting the bate, I decided to purchase the disc and give it a shot. I was not disappointed one bit. It was one of the most entertaining movies I reviewed that year. When it was announced that another of Stephen Chow’s movies would be released in the form of Kung Fu Hustle, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After viewing this on DVD, I came to the conclusion this man is absolutely brilliant, in that he was excellent at using special effects and wire work in such a unique and interesting way. Instead of using special effects as an integral part of the story, he uses it to enhance the comedy, to create these outrageous scenarios that are silly and humorous, but at the same time interesting and ingenious. The movie is exceptionally well balanced, with outstanding acting, captivating music, gut busting humor, but also shows very good character development, and outstanding pacing. This movie does not take itself too seriously, but seeks to make you laugh using old school Kung Fu, silly outrageous circumstances, the look and actions of the characters, and over the top special effects.

After the success of Shaolin Soccer, Chow was approached by Columbia Pictures to do a follow up movie right on the heels of the above mentioned title. The budget was set for $20 million, and shooting was done in Shanghai from June 2003 through November 2003. The fight scenes took up most of the time, as often times what was planned just didn’t quite work out when filming. The fighting scenes of Kung Fu Hustle were initially choreographed by Sammo Hung. Production suffered a setback when Hung quit after two months due to illness, tough outdoor conditions, interest in another project and arguments with the production crew. Chow immediately contacted Yuen Woo-ping, an action choreographer with experience ranging from Hong Kong action cinema of the 1960s to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the early 21st century to replace Hung. Yuen swiftly accepted the offer. In doing so, certain scenes in production under Hung were cancelled. Yuen managed to take seemingly outdated wuxia fighting styles like the Deadly Melody and Buddhist Palm and recreate them on the screen with his own imagination. In spite of these production issues, Kung Fu Hustle went on to gross $4 million in its first day opening in Hong Kong, eventually grossing $60 million in Hong Kong alone. In the states the movie made $17 million dollars in limited release, and the movie made a worldwide total of $101 million, making it the highest grossing foreign film in North American history.

Kung Fu Hustle.2004.576p.BDRip-AVC.ZONE.mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 39 min
Size: 	2.50 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	1024x426 
Aspect ratio:  	2.40:1
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	3 000 kb/s
BPP: 	0.287
#1:  	Chinese 2.0ch AC-3 @ 224 kb/s
#2:  	Chinese 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s (Commentary with director Stephen Chow and several cast members)

Subtitles:English, English SDH, Dutch, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian (+En/Fr/Nl for commentary)

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