Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Stephen Chow possesses unique film making powers and he demonstrates them most effectively in Kung Fu Hustle.

The Axe Gang is terrorizing neighbourhoods in Shanghai in the 1940's. The borough called Pig Sty is usually untouched because of its poverty, but a wannabe gangster troubles the water and the residents of Pig Sty are soon embroiled in a war with the Axe Gang. The most unlikely characters emerge as kung fu masters and some great fighting sequences ensue.

For me, the comedic elements are as interesting and entertaining as the action ones. Some of the comedy falls flat on western ears however and it's important to keep this in mind when one views Chow's films.

The film begins with a very graphic scene of violence in order to show the bestial nature of the villain. It is very rough for a film that is borderline cartoonish.

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