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Kung Fu Hustle
Topic by: kohnfused1
Posted: January 5, 2005 - 1:54 PM PST
Last Reply: May 18, 2005 - 4:07 PM PDT

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kohnfused1
post #1  on January 5, 2005 - 1:54 PM PST  
Anyone hear about this movie yet? It's screening in Asia, and is the sequel to "Shaolin Soccer".
Cinenaut
post #2  on January 5, 2005 - 2:09 PM PST  
It's got a fancy web page.



Ong-Bak looks like it might be kind of good.
underdog
post #3  on January 5, 2005 - 2:12 PM PST  
A sequel to Shaolin Soccer?!

I'm *there*.

Cinenaut
post #4  on January 5, 2005 - 2:37 PM PST  
Haha! I just watched the Kung Fu Hustle trailer and it looks pretty darn good.
DLeonard
post #5  on January 5, 2005 - 4:30 PM PST  
It's not really a sequel to Shoalin Soccer is it?

Just the same star/director.
underdog
post #6  on January 5, 2005 - 4:52 PM PST  
> On January 5, 2005 - 4:30 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's not really a sequel to Shoalin Soccer is it?
>
> Just the same star/director.
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, it's a follow-up in that sense, not a sequel. It's a period piece set in the 1940s I believe. Looks even better than SS, though!

C
KPman1
post #7  on January 5, 2005 - 7:41 PM PST  
> On January 5, 2005 - 2:09 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's got a fancy web page.
>
>
>
> Ong-Bak looks like it might be kind of good.
> ---------------------------------

Ong Bak is a bad movie, but the martial arts and acrobatics are amazing.
kohnfused1
post #8  on January 6, 2005 - 2:06 PM PST  
> On January 5, 2005 - 2:12 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> A sequel to Shaolin Soccer?!
>
> I'm *there*.
>
>
> ---------------------------------

So, any word on a release date here the states, either on the big screen or rental?
underdog
post #9  on January 6, 2005 - 3:20 PM PST  
> On January 6, 2005 - 2:06 PM PST kohnfused1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So, any word on a release date here the states, either on the big screen or rental?
> ---------------------------------

It plays at Sundance at the end of this month, and then hits US screens in a "limited release" in mid-March.

So I'm sure you and I shall have a chance to see it; don't know what the rest of the country has in store.

Gong Fu is its original title; why do I have the feeling that's not literally translated as "Kung Fu Hustle"?

manfarang
post #10  on January 7, 2005 - 6:39 AM PST  
> Ong Bak is a bad movie, but the martial arts and acrobatics are amazing.
> ---------------------------------

I don't think Ong Bak is any worse than at least 95% of the martial arts movies that I've seen, but it does indeed have some of the best acrobatics that I've seen in any film. There's alot of talk about "Tony Jaa" (Panom Yeerum) becoming the next Jackie Chan (there is even talk of pairing him up with Jackie in a new Drunken Master movie), but I don't think that he has sufficient presence to ever come close to that status. What he does have is tremendous athletic ability and it is shown to great advantage in Ong Bak. It's a great turn off your brain and watch the action type film.

itchy008
post #11  on February 20, 2005 - 10:30 PM PST  
"Kung Fu Hustle." Sounds like it's a cross between martial arts and disco, doesn't it?

It opened in Asia at the end of last year and will be released in the U.S. in April.

If you head out to a DVD shop in any major Chinatown, you can hunt down a copy of it.

It's not as maniacally funny as "God of Cookery" or "Shaolin Soccer" but there are moments that made me laugh and laugh. The most impressive aspect of the film is the fighting, choeographed with an astonishing level of grace and wit and executed with old-fashioned kick-ass energy. If you've watched a lot of the older martial arts flicks (think "Five Deadly Venoms" or the old Bruce Lee standbys), you'll love "KFH."

One of the really disappointments in the Matrix sequels was how blurry the fight scenes appeared to me. In "KFU," we have the same fight choreographer and the same CG effects at work, and they're much crisper and easier to make out.

And wait till you get a look at the fighting toad technique.
kamapuaa
post #12  on February 23, 2005 - 12:22 AM PST  
I finally got around to watching this one. I'm a huge fan of some of Stephen Chow's earlier movies, but I thought "Kung Fu Hustle" really sucked. It mostly boiled down to lame CGI-fighting-for-laughs, which I didn't really care for in "Shaolin Soccer," and here occupies the entire movie. There's almost none of the pathetic-but-lovable characters that define Stephen Chow's best movies.

The setting in a cartoonish 40s Shanghai was a minor point, but really the only thing to like about the movie.
frannieb
post #13  on March 6, 2005 - 2:14 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2005 - 12:22 AM PST kamapuaa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I finally got around to watching this one. I'm a huge fan of some of Stephen Chow's earlier movies, but I thought "Kung Fu Hustle" really sucked.


i agree. i felt like there was a really funny stephen chow movie hiding under the layers and layers of special effects--can someone tell him that he should use LESS in his next movie (and not MORE which is what i think he'll do)?

i think i'll just watch god of cookery again to help me forget KFH...
jross3
post #14  on April 23, 2005 - 12:42 PM PDT  
So.... I saw it.

I'll need to see it again to make sure, but I think I know where to put this one.

The #1 spot on my "All-Time Favorite Movies" list.
villain
post #15  on April 23, 2005 - 5:55 PM PDT  
just saw this last night and really loved it. way over the top and ridiculous just as i was hoping for. shaolin soccer is one of my favorites and this'll be up there too.
any fan of martial arts with a good sense of humor will enjoy this.
lizzoqops
post #16  on April 24, 2005 - 6:00 PM PDT  
I saw this at the theater today...and a good time was had by all, even though the theater wasn't crowded at all. Well, the sun unexpectedly came out, what was up with that?

They showed a trailer for "Bin Jip (3-Iron)". Yay!
ALittlefield
post #17  on April 25, 2005 - 8:53 PM PDT  
I saw this one on a friend's DVD before it opened here, and I quite liked it; Stephen Chow seems to be the only director in the world who sees the comedic potential in CGI, and I like what he does. The Road Runner homage is fun...and I like the way that the most pathetic looking characters wind up being the toughest fighters.
jross3
post #18  on April 25, 2005 - 10:19 PM PDT  
> On April 25, 2005 - 8:53 PM PDT ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ...and I like the way that the most pathetic looking characters wind up being the toughest fighters.
> ---------------------------------

I liked him better as a wimp. Like, his first attack against The Beast (more of a tap than an attack...)
"Is he OK?"
funniest (and shortest) fight ever.
IronS
post #19  on May 2, 2005 - 12:34 AM PDT  
My bf laughed so hard, so loudly and so often during this film that I was almost embarrassed. Thankfully, the theater was empty enough that no one was seated near us.
hamano
post #20  on May 2, 2005 - 7:15 AM PDT  
> On May 2, 2005 - 12:34 AM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My bf laughed so hard, so loudly and so often during this film that I was almost embarrassed.

Tell your bf that I thought Kung Fu Hustle wasn't even half as funny as my recent encounter with Swingers!

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