Kung Fu Hustle begins in the old China of the gangsters when the ancient martial arts masters are now gone.
Exterminated by the new criminals, gathered in the fearsome Axe Gang, the few kung fu survivors live hidden in the poorest neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods like Pigsty Alley, where two stragglers in search of fortune unleash the murderous rampage of violent Axe henchmen.
To protect the defenseless inhabitants of the dilapidated council houses, some masters return to fight.
Their reappearance will lead to an escalation in which the same crime bosses will, in turn, engage other martial arts masters to defend themselves.
The two drifters and idlers, cause of all the chaos, will, unfortunately, find themselves at the center of this war.
Kung Fu Hustle is practically an oriental animation comic made in live-action with real actors. Rowdy and humorous, but also dramatic and spectacular in an almost perfect mix.
Stephen Chow directs and plays this little gem of Chinese cinema, in the peasant and ignorant thug’s role.
The man will discover immense powers that will transform him into the supreme master of Kung Fu, long-awaited by the people.
With him, his inseparable friend, there is also Lam Chi-chung, an equally stupid but faithful and loyal raids companion.
Impossible not to point out the splendid comic streak of all the other characters.
Above all, the hilarious and lethal Landlady, absolute mistress of Pigsty Alley, played with sharp irony by Yuen Qiu.
Yuen Wah also funny as the lady’s abused husband always difficulty restraining her temper and deadly screams.
Finally, Bruce Leung Siu-lung is the definitive villain of the story, the Beast. Another Kung Fu titan who had locked himself up in an asylum alone, bored of not finding an enemy worthy of his time.
An incredible movie that offers direct childish amusing entertainment along with great cinematic style.
It is no coincidence that the author of the wonderful fight choreography is Yuen Woo-ping, already admired for his splendid work for The Matrix.
Over the years, Kung Fu Hustle has become a small cult phenomenon. Still today, a memorable example of a martial arts movie mixed with insane comedy exceptionally.