18 January 2005

Kung Fu Hustle: a movie review

If you've watched Shaolin Soccer and enjoyed it, then you will definitely find Kung Fu Hustle an even better movie.

It starts off with a rather grotesque scene involving axes and body parts. My initial thought when we watched this movie was, "This is sick." And a bit sick the movie was. Which may be one reason why the movie is so unforgettable. I mean, is a person with three knives stuck on him funny at all? And yet, everybody in the audience was laughing at this particular scene, undoubtedly one of the funniest in the movie.

The story revolves around a person who thought that he was good-for-nothing. He was quite idealistic, and would have stuck to his principles through and through were it not for opportunists and his diminishing sense of worth.

But he was meant to perform great deeds. And in the latter part of the movie, his principles dominated over the wrong path he chose for himself.

Many of the faces in Shaolin Soccer comprise the cast, with the addition of other memorable characters complete this movie of martial arts and comedy. Even the ending was perfect, a slow musing of sorts after the intense laughter and action.

Catch this movie. It's a blast.
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