sc, kfh review

Kung Fu Hustle A- with Stephen Chow, Qiu Yuen, Kwok Kuen Chan. Written and directed by Stephen Chow. Opens tomorrow.

Chow's humor harkens back to the vaudeville rule of threes (in Chow's case, it's more like a rule of sevens). He combines slapstick, double meanings and non-stop tomfoolery with elaborate action sequences that can best be described as awe-inspiring and glorious.

Chow somehow makes it all work. His creation of the Axe Gang, head honchos of a gang-infested world, with their Abe Lincoln inspired stovepipe hats and hatchets, sets up one of the most visually iconic villains of filmmaking

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