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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
It's as simple as this: Don't wait for the DVD. Don't wait for it on cable. You must see this on the big screen. Simply awesome stuff!

I was a little worried from the previews that the CGI would be too distracting from the fights, but they strike a good balance between using the CGI to enhance the fights and just letting them go at it in traditional Hong Kong cinema style.

Well worth the price of admission!



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I got the DVD back in Feb. and I still had to watch it in the theater. This movie is an absolute blast.

It is something that needs to be seen on the big screen with a loud sound system. The movie is just really "big" and crazy.

Beneath its mixing of kung fu and comedy lies an actually plain old good "kung fu" movie...with over the top action in the vein of the Matrix and Dragonball.

The commercials do make the CGI seem a bit much, I thought it might be too..but it feels pretty natural.

There are only about 3 really minor edits from the original version..some digitally edited out blood to keep it from an NC-17 version. Some people complain about them b/c the blood is the punchline for about 2 jokes..but I don't think that takes away from anything at all.

go see it



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.77
I just came back from seeing this. One word: "AWESOME!"
Oh man, some of the moments in this movie are just priceless.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.24
wow evophile, your Hagaren movie sig is fantastic!

This movie is a fantastic, post modern, extravaganza. Its insane and ridiculous but also brilliant. Here's what I had to say on it after seeing it at SXSW in 2005:


    Kung Fu Hustle is an absolutely manic, hilarious, and fantastic post-modern, ultimate, martial-arts movie extravaganza. Writer, director, and producer Stephen Chow stars as Sing. Sing is a loser who is tired of being a nice guy and decides to be bad and join the top gang, the Axes. The Axes are a merciless group that likes to chop people up while doing the Hustle and keep the cities and town under siege. They end up in Pig Sty alley which is actually home to retired Kung Fu masters. Humiliated, the Axe gang decides to send in their own masters. Sing, who appears conflicted, eventually has to find his strength and become “The One.” This movie just has great energy and pacing. It’s also probably one of the best comedies you will see all year. Some of the things you see in Kung Fu Hustle are just absolutely ridiculous, but it totally works. The versatile Chow never lets up and totally delivers with just about every scene. In short, the movie makes the also-fantastic Shaolin Soccer look like The Phantom Menace in comparison.



BO estimates have it at at around $7.2 million for the weekend. My hope is that the great word of mouth will spread and it will do even better next weekend.

Stephen Chow is a magnificent bastard of a genius.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Thanks a lot Vile! It seems like forever til the movie is gonna be out.


I was hoping Hustle would debut higher (wishful thinking) but at least is didn't get beat by King's Ransom.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.24
    Originally posted by evophile
    Thanks a lot Vile! It seems like forever til the movie is gonna be out.


    I was hoping Hustle would debut higher (wishful thinking) but at least is didn't get beat by King's Ransom.


Right now I'm actually pushing for the movie to get shown at the Austin Film Festival this year. Though it might not be in your neck of the woods, I'll keep you posted. I think its doable since I believe Funimation already has the US rights for it and it comes out in Japan in a couple of months.




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