Stephen Chow does it again with another action-packed comedy with more kung fu than Chuck Norris could ever give you. Jackie Chan? Bruce Lee? Step aside. Chow's in town.
While not lending the same skills that Lee could back in his time, Chow manages to compensate by giving the viewer something to laugh at as well as drool at the immense fighting scenes. Kung Fu hustle, in my book, is an instant winner, and something to place next to Shaolin Soccer (not got it? Buy it!).
All of the fighting scenes have been very carefully choreographed and all of the camera angles used enhance the experience you're going to have when watching this film. The fights are most certainly NOT short-lived, and some scenes last a good ten minutes (something to rival the Matrix: Reloaded's Burly Brawl), with everything completely annihilated (i'm surprised the cameras survived!).
The humour is classic slapstick as well as some well-placed lines, but the humour does usually rely on the actions of the characters (be it doing something stupidly wrong, or just plainly being funny - dancing tuxedo gangsters anyone?).
The film was made in China, so the film's in Cantonese, but fear not, alike Chow's previous films, he's done an amazing job of dubbing all of the voices, making them sound believable, and not as if they were imported from Soho (which was what happened in Ong Bak - what a shame). There is also the choice of putting on Cantonese audio and English subtitles if that is what you prefer. Options like these always make the viewing that little bit better, to suit the needs of different people.
Definitely something worth buying. If not now, at least sometime!
Can't buy it? Borrow it! Yes, it's THAT worth watching.
You'll be in fits of laughter.