Kung Fu Hustle
Showing at 07:00PM on Sunday, April 17, 2005
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Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 7:00pm at Regal Winter Park Village
HONG KONG/CHINA, 2004, 99 MIN, RATED R, IN CANTONESE & MANDARIN W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN CHOW
Sing, a Chaplin-esque inhabitant of a shabby housing project in 1940s Shanghai, wants to be a member of the notorious Axe Gang but is painfully lacking in “killer instinct.” When the vicious band of thieves hears that Sing and a friend have been impersonating fellow gang members, they come looking for a fight. However, unbeknownst to them, Pig Sty Alley also hides many kung fu masters who come to Sing’s defense in a rumble of epic proportions. Deftly combining sleek dance numbers with jaw-dropping fight scenes and wild comedy, writer/director/star Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) uses every tool at his disposal—from revolutionary CGI effects to the legendary fight choreography of Yuen Wo Ping (Crouching Tiger, The Matrix, Kill Bill)—while spoofing two genres with equal fervor: Hollywood gangster movies and Hong Kong kung fu flicks. With KUNG FU HUSTLE, Chow continues his trend of high-energy, over-the-top action in what may be his most visually breathtaking film. Nominated for 16 Hong Kong Film Awards, this relentlessly imaginative work will leave you both awestruck and doubled over with laughter.