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Kung fu action touches new heights!

Kung Fu Hustle
The cast: Stephen Chow
The director: Stephen Chow
The storyline: Stephen Chow.
Ask him, he wrote it.
The bottomline: Hilarious!

What can you expect from a Chinese film made in Hong Kong and dubbed with Indian artistes? Not much. Which is why one finds "Kung Fu Hustle" exceeding expectations. It is one madcap entertainer, irreverent, with special effects, which puts "The Matrix" to shame. The kung fu action may give Steve Oedekerk a complex. Oedekerk is the genius behind the kung-fu spoof "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist." But then "Kung Fu Hustle" is not entirely a spoof like "Kung Pow."

Actually, it is difficult to categorise "Kung Fu Hustle" into any specific genre. It has stunts which can be compared with the best in the martial arts genre. It is a special effects movie which stretches the imagination.

A spoof that does not stop at anything... avisual poetry in motion. But it also has a mix of the cartoon-cum-Jackie Chan action styles.

There is not much of a storyline. A thoroughly incompetent wannabe gangster (Chow) and his friend try to con a low-class neighbourhood, only to find themselves at the receiving end of some action from the unlikeliest of heroes — a fat landlady and her wastrel of a husband.

The dreaded Axe gang hires the best assassins in the business to fight the duo. Chow finds his way into the gang. But he is beaten up by the demented Beast.

The duo soon finds out that Chow is the `chosen one' and the final confrontation between the Beast and Chow takes the kung-fu farce to new heights, literally!

Silly idea, but the spectacular and gutsy execution makes one forget the inanity. The background score builds up the tempo to the action sequences. The film is bizarre, whacky and unpredictable. So for unlimited entertainment, catch the action in the Tamil version, "Mirattal Adi."

SUDHISH KAMATH

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