Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
Short review: The last few years have seen many excellent Chinese movies ranging from historical dramas, as in "The Emperor and the Assassin", to brilliant action movies, "Hero", "House of Flying Daggers", comedies like "Shaolin Soccer", thrillers like "Infernal Affairs" and more... "Kung Fu Hustle" is the next step of what I consider the growing up of the Chinese Film Industry. "Gong Fu" is an action film full of some of the finest martial arts you can find. But it does not stop there. Latest CGI and cinematic effects are deployed with ease to make the experience truly magnificent. This part could describe a well made but typical Hollywood action production. But "Gong Fu" grows beyond that, incorporating very satirical elements that make this movie a treat. If you are a fan of Kung Fu movies or if you are a critic, this film can entice both as it presents a delectable parody of the genre without taking itself too seriously. In so far it accomplishes what Hollywood has lost somewhere along the way, the ability to make a funny and inventive movie that is filled with little thoughtful vignettes to discover while still appealing to a broad public. Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle" is wildly imaginative, visually stunning, brilliantly directed , entertaining, smart and endlessly hilarious! Without a doubt, the best movie of 2005!