Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese: 功夫; pinyin: Gōngfu) 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 and Hero. 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.
The beginning of the year 2004 wasn’t such a good year for Hong Kong cinema seeing as the highest-grossing film only took in $ 25 million dollars. That is until the release of Stephen Chow’s eagerly anticipated “KUNG FU HUSTLE” that once again sparked interest in local HK movies and shattered box-office records during that same year. So how did Chow pull off something that Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and even Johnnie To couldn’t pull off … more