Kung Fu Hustle Tagalog Version Movie
Kung Fu Hustle Tagalog Version Movie
and it is good to see chow kicking in the ass of old action film stars like rick yang. in fact, most of the credit for the success of this picture can be attributed to the man who’s put his life into this film. chow is someone who really became a name in hong kong cinema with three signature roles: the crazy martial arts expert in get fat, get loan, get cut, wag the dog, which is here expanded into kid with a bike. the sad thing is that the only reason chow ever made any real money in his career was because he hewed closely to his own vision, and this was clearly the “f-you” to the hollywood and european film community of the day. other than a brief cameos in the johnny yuen directed project a, his career never really developed.
as soon as his bodyguard, and agent of evil, marcus (yuen wah), gets killed, sing is living the dream. he has the dough and he can afford the high-priced lessons. at first, he thinks he has to do this to make up for his incompetent fight against the duck brothers (a.k.a., the jade trio), but he gets carried away. then, he gets a chance at the ultimate film kung fu lesson. within three weeks, he’s gotten good enough that the rival gang called outlaws (leung man-chi and liu kai-chi) want him to join them. his troubles aren’t over. while his real gang figures out how to get his money back from the outlaws, the film can’t decide whether it will remain in the past or look to the future. it’s like what the late lillian hellman said: it’s really a mistake to expect a movie to be only the mirror on the wall of an interesting character.
chow has worked for two decades on chinese culture, and he’s doing fine. this is clearly the most western-influenced of his films, but only the movie people among us will notice it. in fact, it lacks something: kick. until then, i’m going to recommend his movies to anybody- they’re great to watch, always fun, and he never fails to put people on the floor.
what does we see when we first meet lo tak? he drives a motorized wheelchair! it’s a simple moment, and your brain freezes to the fact that if they put its source material, the star wars expanded universe, in an anthology magazine it would run 100 pages. (i will use every star wars reference possible in my defense of that magazine.)
lo tak is a dead ringer for willem dafoe, who would have been a lot more appropriate as one of the fake axe gang because he carries more expertise in real-life fisticuffs, but chow had no interest in such physics problems.
lo tak is quickly captured by the pig stygians, and spends half the movie in various variant forms. the first is a halle berry lookalike nicknamed fubon (berry got to play an actual woman, and she looked great.) the second is a martial-arts instructor named wing chun (mike tyson). the third is a yakuza-style eyepatch-wearer called stepmother. in the last one the chi sing, who looks like dudley moore, is lo tak’s traveling dance troupe.
lo tak is rescued from the worm (jessica alba) by tonton ( chow ). she is a teenage ideal of beauty, and fills a role we don’t have to exist in order to enjoy. the point, however, is to follow her through a series of scenes in which lo tak receives instruction from his girlfriend (sharon miao) in martial arts moves, a baby eagle, and even a fox and its clever baby in a cage. there is a wicked moment when lo tak and tonton start to fight. he throws her over his back, then stands on her neck.
one of the cunning aspects of kung fu hustle is how it uses focus-group data to predict what works. many people don’t know that the fox studios that do the james bond films have their own production company. yet in the wong film it is the studio that decides what kind of car will be the chase vehicle for the climax and bans tonton from using her wings, while wing chun and lo tak are allowed to fly. (you don’t want a hot-air balloon the shape of a dead eunuch.)