Steven Chow Yuen Qui, Lam Tze Chung and so on
Directed/written By Stephen Chow
- with English Subtitiles
speaking? This is a helluva Kung Fu film! The characters are legitimately
funny, and its story engaging - and the Kung Fu properly fu-y. With the technical
assistance of CGI, the already astounding choreography and martial abilities,
lifts off into magical places true genre fans already imagine.
it's a strange time in the landscape of China. And a strange fellow,
Sing (Stephen Chow) is looking for his niche. Sing's sort of a loser. He's tried
being "the good guy," and fell flat on his face. Now he just wants to
be a part of the dreaded Axe Gang.
Axe gang is a rotten group of lecherous cutthroats that terrorize the cities and
towns around them. It's very Chicago in the wild Al Capone era - down to the zoot
suit ensemble the Westside Story-esque gang wear.
and his heavyset sidekick (Lam Tze Chung), wander the countryside towns pretending
to already be members in hopes of proving their loyalties. One sunny day the duo
stumble across a tenement called, "Pig Sty Alley." They figure these
nobodies will be frightened enough by them, and their faux machismo, they can
prove to the Axe Gang they are worthy of membership.
Sty is, however, not as it would first appear. Within its decrepit walls lay many
secrets - and soon a major Kung Fu Master battle will be waged within its filthy
Chow, a comic sensation in China, mixes old school Kung Fu drama and pantomime
with the technology of today (think Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger effects)-
and to all this he ads a heavy hand of legitimate humor. His characters are properly
fantastical with an inner core of rich humanity. The Landlady (Yuen Qui) pretty
much steals the show as she whips up Kung Fu butt; spandex pants, bulging belly,
rollers in her hair, and a perpetual cigarette hangin' from her mouth ala Keith
Richards. And each of the "masters" have outlandish talents available
thanks to Chow's imagination and the ability of film manipulations.
you enjoy the Kung Fu genre you are going to adore this film. But it's
really quite funny, even if you're void of appreciation to the art. Enjoy.
recommendation: Ice cream cones.