Kung Fu Hustle
) is a 2004 action comedy film
directed and produced by, and starring Stephen Chow
. The other film producers were Chui Po-chu and Jeffrey Lau
, while the screenplay
was written by Huo Xin, Chan Man-keung, and Tsang Kan-cheung. Yuen Wah
, Yuen Qiu
, Danny Chan
, and Bruce Leung
co-starred in prominent roles.
After achieving commercial success with Shaolin Soccer
, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia began to develop Kung Fu Hustle in 2002. Although the film features the return of a number of retired actors famous for 1970s Hong Kong action cinema, it contrasts with other martial arts films released at around the same time that have made the biggest impact in the West, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The cartoon style of the movie, accompanied by traditional Chinese music
, is often cited as its most striking feature.
The film was released on December 23, 2004 in China
and on January 25, 2005 in United States
. It received extremely positive reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes
giving it a 90% fresh certificate and Metacritic
78 out of 100. A commercial success (grossing USD$
17 million in United States and USD$84 million in foreign countries.), Kung Fu Hustle was the highest-grossing film in the history of Hong Kong
and the tenth highest-grossing foreign language film. It was also the highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2005.
Kung Fu Hustle won numerous awards, including Hong Kong Film Awards
and Golden Horse Awards
. The film revitalized media interest in the franchise, and a sequel, Kung Fu Hustle 2
, is due for release in 2012.