Saw Kung Fu Hustle last night. What a hoot. It lampoons, obviously, Kung Fu movies. It is liberally sprinkled with tongue in cheek jabs at fantasies, Steve Chow’s Shaolin Soccer, Superman I ie Marlon Brando in the clouds, and the Burley Brawl from the second Matrix movie – and does a better version of the Brawl as well. There is a very funny knife scene that literally had me in tears. Add in dashes of Keaton and Chaplin and the whole thing makes for fun night at the movies. It plays like a real life Looney Tunes.
If you have seen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer, this is the same vein. Unbelievable and over the top stunts that would make Bugs Bunny or Wile E. Coyote feel right at home.
Warning for those that can not stand it – this movie is running with subtitles. Not an issue for me and there really is not a lot of dialogue.