Kung Fu Hustle


Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves around a hapless wannabe gangster who aspires to become a member of the notorious "Axe Gang." Other characters include an obnoxious landlady and her apparently frail husband who exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Set amid the chaos of pre-revolutionary China, small time thief, Sing, aspires to be one of the sophisticated and ruthless Axe Gang whose underworld activities overshadow the city. Stumbling across a crowded apartment complex aptly known as “Pig Sty Alley,” Sing attempts to extort money from one of the ordinary locals, but the neighbors are not what they appear. Sing’s comical attempts at intimidation inadvertently attract the Axe Gang into the fray, setting off a chain of events that brings the two disparate worlds face-to-face. As the inhabitants of the Pig Sty fight for their lives, the ensuing clash of kung fu titans unearths some legendary martial arts Masters. Sing, despite his futile attempts, lacks the soul of a killer, and must face his own mortality in order to discover the true nature of the kung fu master.

‘Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition’ Chops Its Way to DVD July 31

Prepare to duck on July 31!

Comedy and martial arts collide as director Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) takes it up a notch with the Golden Globe-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) comedic martial-arts adventure, Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition. The action-packed DVD will be available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on July 31. Set in 1940's Shanghai, where the streets are overruled by gangs, the harder-than-jade residents of Pig Sty Alley help turn a wannabe gangster, Sing (Chow), into an unlikely kung fu hero. Martial arts fans will definitely flip over the jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping, famed action choreographer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix. Kung Fu Hustle will blow fans of martial arts films away. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, Kung Fu Hustle Axe-Kickin' Edition is sure to be a collector's item when it becomes available for a SRP of $19.94.

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Director Stephen Chow Talks About a ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ Sequel

The Associated Press reports that Hong Kong comic actor and director Stephen Chow said Tuesday he'll start filming the sequel to his action film Kung Fu Hustle either late this year or early 2006.

Chow said casting for the Kung Fu Hustle sequel hasn't been finalized and that he hasn't settled on a female lead.

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‘Kung Fu Hustle 2’ in the works

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group is prepping a follow-up to Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle as Sony Pictures celebrates seven years of concentrated activity in international production in the Far East and a huge international rollout of Hustle.

Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia managing director Barbara Robinson said Chow and his writing team from Hustle, including Tsang Kan Cheong, have been writing a draft in the evenings while on the road for the 30-country Sony Pictures Releasing International rollout of the film.

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Director Stephen Chow talks ‘Kung Fu Hustle’

Stephen Chow has been a staple of Hong Kong cinema for the last fifteen years. His breakout international hit came three years ago with Shoalin Soccer, a unique blend of CGI martial arts mixed with zany sports comedy. Chow's follow-up film, Kung Fu Hustle, takes the genre to a whole different level. He brings back the legendary stars of Hong Kong cinema for a story that pits cartoon-like characters against ruthless gangsters. Kung Fu Hustle, already a big hit worldwide, is the highest grossing film to be made in Hong Kong.

The Pig Sty Alley is such a unique setting. What made you think of it?

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