Kung Fu Hustle

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Kung Fu Hustle

Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:06 am

It was a good flick, eh? The Dino, he finally get a to see this film onna the DVD.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:42 am

Yeah I had alot of fun with Kung Fu Hustle. I def wanna get the DVD!
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Postby docfalken on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:05 pm

They showed this film during BNAT last December just after Ong Bak. I just didn't feel the love for Kungfu Hustle.

And the hatchet dancing sequence is entirely too short. A film on that gang alone is needed.
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:51 pm

docfalken wrote:They showed this film during BNAT last December just after Ong Bak. I just didn't feel the love for Kungfu Hustle.

And the hatchet dancing sequence is entirely too short. A film on that gang alone is needed.


I agree with that last statement; The Axe Killer Gang is so cool it's not true. But having watched both Ong-Bak and KFH several times each, I'm firmly of the opinion that KFH is the better film. Ong Bak is great, but part of the reason that I loved it was, bizarrely enough, that it reminded me of some of the old Van Damme martial arts movies like Bloodsport and Kick Boxer - which made me feel nostalgic, but wasn't neccesarily a good thing. Obviously, Ong Bak has much, much better stunts than KFH, supposedly performed without any help from wires, whch certainly can't be said for KFH - but there are a couple of moments in KFH which absolutely blow anything in Ong Bak out of the water.

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Firstly, the scene quite early on when the Axe gang stomp into Pig Sty Alley to wreak revenge after one of their buddies has been punched into that barrel. The way Chow uses the music when the woman and her son are pulled out of the crowd, and the gangsters pour petrol on her. WOW! That scene is so good, it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it, and I'm not even sure why. It's something about the way the music really kicks in when the guy lights his Zippo - magnificent scene

Secondly, The Beast's first real scene - when all the Axe Gangsters are doubtful that he is as much of a bad ass as he's supposed to be, and they're asking for a demonstration. He laughs and says "you cretins aren't worthy" - that is just a fantastic fucking line. Then someone pulls a gun on him and The Beast just calmly pulls it out of his hand and starts examining it. Everyone in the room then pulls their gun out and points it at him. When you're first watching the scene, it really is quite intense, you just know he's gonna have to do something spectacular, but you have no idea.
Then he points the gun at his own head, pulls the trigger and catches the bullet, in the best exaple of bullet-catching ever seen on film (Bryan Singer, take note please!). As if that wasn't cool enough, he delivers an amazing line in what has become one of my favourite exchanges ever: <i>"In the world of Kung Fu, speed defines the winner"</i> and that's all he needs to say - the gang boss immediately gets to his feet and declares at the top of his voice<i> "The Beast is the greatest of them all. The Axe Gang expends their respect"</i> ..... !!!!! THAT IS JUST SO COOL

Finally, the scene where Chow's chi has finally been sorted, and The Beast's cronies are dashing round the apartments of Pig Sty Alley looking for him. It's the way they intercut Chow walking to the door from the inside with the gangsters surrounding the door from the outside - but there's a big switch and you realise they're outside a different door.
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Dino, you've mentioned something very close to my heart, I'm glad you liked it because it blew me away
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Postby Nordling on Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:28 pm

I enjoyed KUNG-FU HUSTLE a lot, but I prefer ONG BAK. BNAT was definitely the best place to see both, though.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:48 pm

ThisIsTheGirl wrote:Then he points the gun at his own head, pulls the trigger and catches the bullet, in the best exaple of bullet-catching ever seen on film


Iffa I'm not a mistaken, there was a the impressions inna the bullet from a his fingers where he caught it, eh? The touch, she was a nice...
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:54 pm

You aren't mistaken! Great touch! The Beast is the greatest of them all!!

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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:30 am

one of my 5 star movies for 2005.

Jaw hanging on the floor, giggling like I was being tickled by a feather, grin glued to my face for hours afterward.

I kinda liked it.
Personally, I'm an atheist in the voting booth and a theist in the movie theatre. I separate the morality of religion with the spirituality and solace of it. There is something boring about atheism.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:02 am

I wanted to get this on the DVD last time I was home, but it hadn't come out yet... hopefully these damned Swiss with their cheeses and chocolate will have a special edition edible Kung Fu Hustle DVD...
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