Stephen Chow chops it up in comic action Kung Fu Hustle 
Kung Fu films have often thrilled cinema goers with high flying, gravity defying action scenes and displays of cleverly choreographed fights and Stephen Chow’s 2004 action comedy, Kung Fu Hustle, has all this and more.
Cleverly incorporating a cartoon style of film and classical kung fu, Chow delivers a knocking performance as Sing, a young man whose aspiration is to become a member of the notorious Axe Gang. However, a true softy at heart, he is unable to accomplish anything criminal. Along with his sidekick Bone (Lam Chi-chung), he tries every day to commit a crime that will give him notoriety.
The film is a cesspool of parodies and tributes to martial greats and films.
The casting includes ‘comebacks’ of veterans of Hong Kong cinema in the 70s starting with Yuen Wah who played the Landlord of Pig Sty Alley. He appeared in hundreds of Hong Kong films in the 70s and was stunt double for the legendary Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lueng who plays the Beast, an action star of the 70s and 80s was called the “Third Dragon” after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. He is Chow’s martial art hero.
The parodies range from classic cartoon like Wiley E Coyote and Roadrunner especially the running scenes and The Matrix where Neo is surrounded by clones of Mr Smith and he starts kicking them like rag dolls. Also the music used captures the moments and relays the emotions quite well.
There are, of course, scenes where tribute is paid to Bruce Lee by playing music that reminisce his films.
This film takes Hong Kong cinema to a whole new level, incorporating their best scripting, with computer generated images (CGI) and classical kung fu. While the action is superb, the acting is also emotional as we witness a change in character.
I also found the Sing’s flashbacks very touching especially when he tries to save a young mute Fong (the ice-cream vendor played by Eva Huang) from some bullies and when they finally reunite at the ending.
All I can add is kudos and I hope Chow decides to make a sequel.