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Stephen Chow's brand of kitchen sink film-making was on show this week when Kung Fu Fridays showed his much requested Kung Fu Hustle. This thing really does have everything: cartoon sequences and violence, Shaw Bros. style martial arts, musical numbers and lots of CGI effects, a touching romance, zen Buddhist symbolism, a Shining parody and pee jokes. Chow's usual craziness, though I'm guessing Western crowds might have liked it because it feels so random, like a lot of prime time cartoons do. For an armchair expert, there's lots to love, but it's also a bit of a mess. Comes across as more silly than funny.
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This movie ranks #13 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #14 in 100 Classic Martial Arts Films
This movie ranks #20 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #49 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
This movie ranks #80 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
This movie ranks #115 in The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #177 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #429 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #519 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life