Saturday, February 05, 2005

Kung Fu

Had a rare opportunity to see the new Steven Chow (Zhou 1 Xing 1 Chr 2) movie "Kung Fu Hustle." I'd seen Chow's previous movie, "Shaolin Soccer", on a bus, with the sound turned down, and was mildly intrigued. I'd like to see it again, for real. All I can say is, within the first five minutes you know you're in the hands of a real master. Writer, Director and Actor, Steven Chow is an auteur here in the old school sense. It's hard not to reflect that the Hong Kong Kung Fu movie genre gets a real shot in the arm by being re-interpreted by Quentin Tarantino. But although Kung Fu clearly owes a lot to Kill Bill, the energy in Hustle is real and original. And for a change, we get to see it here before it opens in the States in March!