Kung Fu Hustle

2004 Action/Adventure

The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying kung fu skills, and a tiny war erupts between the local masters and the axe-wielding gang. After the gang busts the ancient kung fu king known as The Beast (Leung Siu Lung) out of jail, tensions reach a boiling point as Pig Sty Alley's landlady (Yuen Qiu) leads an all-out attack against the gang and Sing discovers his true heroic fate. Kung Fu Hustle, which set box-office records across Asia during its December 2004 release, also stars Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and features fight choreography by legendary masters of martial arts cinema Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. more..

Director: Stephen Chow

Starring: Stephen Chow, Huang Sheng Yi, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Chan Kwok Kwan


  • All of Kung Fu Hustle is like that: You don't just watch it, you ride with it, laughing all the way.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    19 January 2013

  • Brilliantly choreographed and shot, Kung Fu Hustle is often grisly, visually spectacular and unabashedly silly, sometimes all at once.

    Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times

    19 January 2013

  • It won't be long before you feel the compulsion to watch again. There is too much to appreciate in one sitting.

    Desson Thomson - The Washington Post

    19 January 2013

  • This is the kind of movie where you laugh occasionally and have a silly grin most of the rest of the time.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    19 January 2013

  • Does the plot spin out of control? You bet. But dumb fun this smart is a gift.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    19 January 2013


  • Stephen Chow

    Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (2005)

  • Best Film Not in the English Language

    BAFTA Awards (2006)

  • Best Foreign-Language Film

    Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2005)

  • Best Foreign-Language Film

    Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2006)

  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2006)