Kung Fu Hustle

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Pickford Film Center Mon, Jun 13 9:00 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Film Info
Reason for rating:for sequences of strong stylized action and violence
Official Site:https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/kungfuhustle
Country of Origin:Hong Kong
Language:Cantonese, Mandarin
Genre:Action, Comedy


Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004)
Stephen Chow was Hong Kong’s biggest star in the 1990s, with a series of box office smash comedies that mixed complex verbal wordplay with farcical slapstick and martial arts action. In the 2000s, now directing his own films, he began making increasingly sophisticated works, while at the same time integrating computer-generated effects. In Kung Fu Hustle, Chow plays a wanna-be hoodlum who gets involved in a war between a vicious gang and the residents of a housing complex who have a surprising amount of martial arts skill. Freely grabbing from old martial arts serials, post-war Cantonese comedies, and Looney Tunes cartoons, Kung Fu Hustle is one of Chow’s most accomplished works, and was by far his biggest hit in the US.

Series Description:

Hong Kong cinema blossomed in the 1960s and 70s with bright colorful musicals and astoundingly acrobatic martial arts spectacles. It reached international prominence in the 80s and early 90s with audacious and anarchic experiments in genre film form: lush romances, hyper-kinetic thrillers, mind-bending comedies. But by 1997, when the former British colony was handed over to Mainland Chinese control, many of Hong Kong's brightest stars and directors had left for Hollywood. This is a series about what happened after they left, about the filmmakers who stayed behind and how they navigated their new world in-between East and West. 

Stephen Chow unites the traditions of 1970s comedy and kung fu with modern special effects in Kung Fu Hustle while Ang Lee adapts the epic wuxias of King Hu into a stately international box office smash with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Johnnie To charts the arcane rituals of the criminal underworld, and their manipulations by a ruling elite in Election and Election 2. And Fruit Chan carves out new territory for independent cinema with Made in Hong Kong, shot on scrounged bits of leftover film scraps and released mere months after the Handover, an essential snapshot of teens trapped in a world they know is about to end, haunted by the idea of what happens next.