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KUNG FU HUSTLE 2 shooting soon! Cast back together! Bigger Budget! Hilarity To Continue!

Hey folks, Harry here with his mighty Buddhist Palm! If you got to see KUNG FU HUSTLE in a theater, congrats! If you picked it up on DVD, congrats! Either way, you're a winner - and apparently so are we. Due to the success of the film - Sony Pictures has fully financed the sequel and the cast are pretty much all back to unleash more mayhem. WOO-HOO!!! Read and let the happiness of this news wash over you like a warm rag and a happy finish!

From www.monkeypeaches.com:

According to the Taiwanese media, filming of the sequel to Kung Fu Hustle will begin in Shanghai this September or October and will complete by the yearend. Almost everyone, including Stephen Chow himself, Lam Tse-Chung (Chow's sidekick), Yuen Qiu (the Landlady) and Yuen Wah (the Landlord), will reappear in the sequel. Even Chan Kwok-Kwan, whose character died in the first film, will return with a new character. However, Huang Shengyi, who played the female lead, is currently trying to leave Steven Chow's agency and her chance of returning to the sequel is quite small. The action will still be handled by Yuen Wo-Ping and there will be more action sequences in the sequel. The budget is about US$ 15 million and part of it comes from Sony Pictures.

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  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Kung-Fu Hustle

    by freak2thec0re

    owned me. Though I feel like I'd much rather see a new original idea than a sequal to this . . .

  • But while I agree with freak2thecore - I'd much rather see something new from Chow, this still makes me very happy indeed.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one NOT impressed by Kung Fu Hustle

    by dobbler

    I'm a fan of asian cinema, anime and martial arts films. But Kung Fu Hustle just didn't do it for me.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:43 a.m. CST

    "there will be more action sequences in the sequel"

    by Kungfumanchu

    Yeah,'cause the first one had so few. Sweet Jaysus, I can't wait to see how they manage to do that. Great extras on the dvd,btw.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Winner?

    by Eric79

    I think not, the R1 disc is heavily censored: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0373074/alternateversions

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:05 a.m. CST

    not impressed

    by numberoneson

    Kung Fu Hustle was a let down. I much preferred the story in Shaolin Soccer. KFH did have it's moments but I felt it wasn't up to the usual Stephen Chow standard, not coherent enough. I hope KFH2 gets it's act together.

  • Three months to do a movie? Sounds a bit short doesn't it?

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:20 a.m. CST

    not 3 months to *do* the movie

    by freak2thec0re

    3 months to shoot it, or in hollywood terms, "principle photography". not short at all

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:20 a.m. CST

    numberoneson....

    by Weshtery

    ...I disagree, I felt the story in Kung-Fu Hustle was not only coherent, but some of the best screenwriting I've seen in many a year. It hinted at, rather then laboured, plot points - hitting me on both conscious and subconscious levels visually AND intellectually. I was left gobsmacked, dizzy and joyful. Fantastic film.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:26 a.m. CST

    WOOT!

    by amano

    Kung Fu Hustle is tha bomb. I can't wait to see where they go with the sequel.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:39 a.m. CST

    are you implying that people only like it because it's a for

    by freak2thec0re

    because it's about as americanized as a foreign film can get. The comedy especially, is all American-style

  • I watched KUNG FU HUSTLE again last week and the movie still cracks me up, even with repeated viewage. The Landlady is one of the best comedic characters to hit the big screen in the past ten years and I'm curious if Chow can create a sequel that doesn't come off like SPACEBALLS II: THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY. Until KFH2 hits, I'll just sit back and enjoy the Landlady's slow-mo spiral vault over the speeding truck and her resulting crash into a billboard and leave the rest of you higher life forms to be "not impressed." Feh.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Oh Sony! A sequel? Please...

    by masterchappy

    I found Kung Fu Hustle amusing and nice way to spend a Friday evening... but a sequel? Not warranted. Try something NEW you Sony assfucks.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:18 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by Weshtery

    ...if you think it's just a 'big dumb shallow asian CGI infested blockbuster'you really don't know too much - let alone yourself. Sure it's a big asian CGI infested blockbuster - but shallow or dumb? Not a bloody chance - that film's got more soul than James Brown. And nobody really gives a shit if American's make blockbusters - just when they churn out the same repetitive tripe year in year out. Kung-Fu Hustle felt fresh to me. Stephen Chow has an immense amount of talent - his writing sparkled, pretty sharp direction and FANTASTIC comic timing. Knowthyself knowthyself. Heh.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:28 a.m. CST

    "If you got to see KUNG FU HUSTLE in a theater, congrats! If you

    by Judge Doom

    "if you downloaded from the net, congrats!"

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Yuen Qiu (the Landlady) Info...

    by FNORDcinco1

    Heres one for ya, she was one of the karate girls in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN who whooped much ass...

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:46 a.m. CST

    "It's a big dumb shallow asian CGI infested blockbuster"

    by freak2thec0re

    It's a freaking comedy! The joke is ON people like you who take it seriously. The movie doesn't feel fresh to someone who's seen one million kung fu films? Wow, maybe it's because . . . you've seen a million kung fu films?? I bet if Wong Kar Wei made a thousand films and you watched everyone of them, after a bit, they wouldn't seem as fresh anymore. Doesn't mean their not still good

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:11 a.m. CST

    am i the only one NOT impressed by _shaolin soccer_?

    by duanejones

    it seemed cheesy and undercooked -- and you never want to undercook cheese, do you? but _kung fu hustle_ was a startling, "what next?!?!" kind of anarchic, yet humanist free-for-all that i found completely transcendant, when not screamingly funny. all the characters were fleshed out more than you've anticipated as the film proceeds and boundaries are further pushed. it's the sort of film that offers the experience of great art that kids of all ages can appreciate, placing chow in the category of similar great artists like chaplin, tex avery, miyazaki, the desica of _miracle in milan_, etc. as far as i'm concerned, stephen chow could make nothing BUT sequels to this great, uncanny masterwork forever and i'll never tire of any of them.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I thought Kung Fu Hustle was a well done, fun movie that definet

    by Big Bad Clone

    and my kids loved Shoalin Soccer. Do they have plenty of cliches? Sure. But it lacks the jaded, cynical edge of Hollywood action movies. It's like watching Lethal Weapon made by six kids on a camcorder. It's stuff you've seen but it has a lot of energy to it.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:29 a.m. CST

    There's a reason I haven't watched a million Kung Fu fil

    by Weshtery

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:31 a.m. CST

    and knowthyself...

    by Weshtery

    ...another thing, if you've watched a million Kung Fu films and they're all the same - it begs the question, WHY have you bothered watching a million Kung Fu films?

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Best comedy in the last 5 years (at least)

    by Kung Fu Hustler

    Much funnier than the critically hailed Wedding Crashers and 40-Year Old Virgin. Why are there always 3 geeks that feel the need to have their cool card stamped by talking smack about a movie they know, deep down, they really like?

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    wrong sequel

    by gredenko

    there's a difference between ripping something off and using it as a reference, homage, or cue. it would help some people to understand that. still, i'd rather see a sequel to shaolin soccer based in a world where everyone knows shaolin kung fu through soccer than kfh2.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Actually I was a bit underwhelmed by KFH myself...

    by Manaqua

    Maybe i'm too serious for my own good, but I thought it was just OK. And whats with the horrible name? I know some say its a backhanded reference to miram-axe raping shaolin soccer and using KungFu Fighting in the marketing, but the name just sucks. I think it would have had a better (however slightly) run at the NA boxoffice with a better name. Oh well. I did buy the DVD though. End rant.....

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:56 a.m. CST

    What? You hated KFH and decrie anyone who likes it as being an i

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    How the shit could you take it so seriously? This is a film that employed a gorgeous long shot through the police station to begin, featured dancing axe maniacs and demon-shooting guitars. You sir, are a killjoy - and you can't come to my BBQ.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Initial Don't...

    by ManoNegra

    validator: I would have to disagree. I've saw the anime in 97 when it originally came out and seen the series over ten times since; I've been involved with 240s and Corollas for about 5 years now. So you can say I'm a bit of a fan. Having said that.... WTF? Bunta a drooling drunk? The emperors dressed in s&m gay leather outfits? And just when I thought Itsuki couldn't any more annoying, I was wrong. I could go on but I would just ruin my day. But you're right, the racing scenes were cool.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I think Stephen Chow is brilliant

    by pizzatheface

    Especially in King of Comedy. That scene with him poking the kids deal with a stick had me in stitches. There's NO WAY the US would ever endorse a scene like that, even though it is super funny. I think Chinese cinema has come a long way altogether, because a few on my top ten list are Chinese. (Shower, Eat Drink Man Woman, Shaolin Soccer, Crouching Tiger.) Doesn't mean you don't have the right to disagree with my taste, though. Feel free. Won't hurt my feelings.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, noon CST

    knowthyself

    by fried samurai

    You do realize that KFH was basically a love letter to the genre right?Stephen Chow was having alot of fun paying homage to martial arts films as well as looney toons cartoons.If you've seen a million martial arts films like you claimed you would realize they are not all the same.Their are various different catagories in the genre.From wuxia to early shaw bros.to Jackie Chan to Bruce Lee to Jet Li and on and on along with all the sub genres that popped up in between those.The only thing they have in common is they all use martial arts but are quite different in the way they are told.And to give up on foreign films because you saw a few bad ones is ridiculous.Thats like somebody watching Elektra and saying all American films suck.Every country in the world has their ups and downs in film.If you like your films serious, hey thats all good but Kar Wai Wong makes very different films from Stephen Chow.Good recent examples of serous films from different countries would be Korea- 3 IRON,Japan-NOBODY KNOWS,Thailand-LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE,China-while in a little slump recently there are alot of films in production I'm looking foward to but you might want to check out DEVILS ON THE DOORSTEP and SUZHOU RIVER both brilliant serious Chinese films....peace

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 12:50 p.m. CST

    If you don't like it you are wrong

    by samuraiwahoo

    This movie was refreshing. It makes me wonder what people find entertaining. The that didn't like this movie were the ones that probably enjoyed Fast furious 1&2 or movies like old school, wedding crashers, tommy boy, etc.... Oh yeah, people without an imagination would probably hate this too. I have to say shame on anyone that does not give this movie a shot.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 12:54 p.m. CST

    There is no accounting for taste but . . .

    by MrCere

    The movie made me laugh, smile and I was rooting for the characters. What isn't to like? Of course I liked the Island for the most part too. . .

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Aint it cool news?

    by Bubastis

    Yes, this is cool news. I'd just about given up on this site for reporting COOL NEWS, not dissapointing news about x3 or depressing news about ghost rider or bring news from comic-con. The though of a sequal to kfh makes me smile. I cant wait.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST

    thats "boring" btw.

    by Bubastis

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 1:42 p.m. CST

    whoa whoa whoa...

    by Spice-Orange

    Dont be dragging FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY in on this.. it never did anything bad to anyone! lol /Clarkson Fan

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I felt Shaolin Soccer was quite alright...

    by Johnno

    But I found it too short, there could've been more story, but all in all t'was a good time.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 2:34 p.m. CST

    by JudgeNXcutioner

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Winner winner!! chicken dinner!!

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    Kung-fu styles i wanna see in the sequel: monkey, eight-diagram pole, cooking kung-fu, and most of all......Drunken fist!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Hustle is excellent...

    by kintar0

    Up there with Iron Monkey, Storm Riders and Avenging Fist. What's up with being so lazy that you can't be bothered to spell out Kung Fu Hustle? "KFH?" Lazy. As usual, knowthyself is teh suck.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    "Even Chan Kwok-Kwan, whose character died in the first film, wi

    by Archduke_Chocula

    This is stupid but I really didn't get if he died at the end due to the films whole logic, I mean that as in after seeing Chow withstand knives and the snake bite aftereffects I wasn't sure that cartoonish head spin was meant to be a death, it'll be interesting t see where they take this for #2

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 3:09 p.m. CST

    kung fu hustle is the best thing I've seen all year

    by fried samurai

    There I spelled it out Darth Jesus.My bad,I was on a rant and missed spelling out the title..peace

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST

    not for nothing....

    by yoitsfeinstein

    king fu hustle kicked a lot of ass... is it me or does anyone else think that these guys would make a kick ass Dragonball Z movie/s

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I think it is just you yoitsfeinstein

    by MrCere

    Or maybe it's just me but I have ZERO interest in a Dragonball Z movie. In fact, I have negative interest.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Definitely just you

    by Kung Fu Hustler

    Chow's Dragonball Z?? I'll pass...

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Uhh..something is wrong here. Only 2 people who have posted don&

    by Monkeybrains

    This is not typical AICN, people. Where is all the hate? Where is the raping of childhoods? Where is the constant suckage??? Your not getting it from me, though. I loved the film

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Oh, who are we all kidding? This movie blew!!

    by Kung Fu Hustler

    Chow raped our memories of early Jackie Chan and Bugs Bunny cartoons. What was up with the crappy CGI? The landlady running like that -- was that supposed to be funny??

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Hustle is Great!

    by GravyAkira

    A very kick-ass and original film in my opinion. The shot towards the end with the Buddha cloud is classic in my book. That is all I have to say. Peace.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Get over yourselves

    by saint6

    Anyone who didn't like KFH, who cares? A lot of us did. Anyone who doesn't want to see a sequel, who cares? Don't see it. KFH doesn't need a sequel? Who cares? All of Stephen Chow's movies are the same, just with different characters and slightly different plot. Who cares? They're entertaining as hell. I'm so tired of people whining.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sequel soon please

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    hopefully this will make it out in a year or 2 considering the amount of downtime Chow and co. had between Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. But please be good and not looked rushed!!! like the standard HK sequels of old

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:33 p.m. CST

    For people who don't get the title...

    by Some Dude

    KFH was about a hustler who pretended to know kung-fu. Pretty friggin' simple if you ask me.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:09 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!!!!

    by Thunder Mammoth

    can only take so many movies "based on a real story" per year. I want to see more stuff that could never happen in real life. often, that's exactly why i want to go to the movies.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    lol at SomeDude

    by freak2thec0re

    and the people who couldn't figure out the title

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Can't you just enjoy something good for once you stupid fuck

    by Winterchili

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Unlimited possibilites for sequel...

    by turk128

    http://img46.echo.cx/img46/1666/kungfuhustle1603jz.jpg ******* Remember the end where the bum showed the 5 books? Kungfu Hustle dealt with just two of the books, just thinking of what Chow can do with the other three makes me geekgasm.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Whoever says they did'nt "like it" ....

    by cherrycola

    Either did'nt see it or just wants to be "different". If you sit there and say "uh, I hated it" without even saying WHY you did'nt like it just shows how stupid you are. So go and watch your "house of the dead" DVD's and think about how "cool" you really are while the rest of the world is so "out of it". fuckers.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Faw-q Dobbler

    by RaulMonkey

    Up yourz you little baby. HUSTLE

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Faw-q Dobbler con't.

    by RaulMonkey

    HUSTLE ruled all. You ARE just trying to be different! Bow down! I'm sorry this message got cut in half, I'm pissed out of my gourd right now. So you probably also don't have to feel as bad about me dissing you. But goddamnit, let the magic seize you!

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 6:06 a.m. CST

    The funniest scene in KFH

    by human2

    Is the scene where at the end he's rocketed up into the sky and steps on an eagle in slow motion. The eagle is somewhat annoyed. "Eeeiirrrrrrr!" it cries. KFH was enjoyable pulp comedy. I can't see anyone bashing this movie for being 'too American' or 'too dumb'...it's just a comeday. It's funnier than Anchorman, that's for damned sure.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Can't stand most "comedy" films ie. anything with Will Ferre

    by ComputerGuy68

    having said that, Kung Fu Hustle was great! Part 2? not sure we need another one. I saw Shaolin Soccer on cable, then this one. I didn't read the credits so I had no idea that the director was the star as well! This guy has some talent. Going to look for some more of his films. I saw some titles in the above posts, any others to look out for?

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:28 a.m. CST

    This is cool news.

    by Nexus-6

    While it wasn't as funny as "Shoalin Soccer", I think I prefer "Kung Fu Hustle" just for the sheer outrageousness of it. Good stuff............ So if the sequel costs $15 million, I assume the first movie cost considerably less to make. That's pretty damn cool, considering with all that CGI and action it would have cost $100 million-plus in the States. I mean the effects weren't seamless, but it was supposed to be cartoony, and there were a lot of them. The "Kung Fu Hustle" FX work was on par with "Van Helsing" for 1/10 the price. Why does Hollywood continue to spend $30 million on EFFECTS ALONE for crap like "Stealth"? Wow, we love to waste money here.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Finally we can see Sing team up with a CGI Bruce Lee...

    by Monkey_King

    Add Donnie Yen(who can fight like Bruce in his sleep) to the cast and paint his face blue for all his scenes. Map Bruces face on top via CGI and have him team up with Sing/Steven Chow and whup some Gwailo ass.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:18 a.m. CST

    CGI Bruce Lee

    by REDD

    I remember reading about a company that was going to create a movie with a digital version of Bruce Lee and that Linda Emery (Bruce's widow) gave it her blessing. Maybe they gave up on it, we can only hope.

  • March 4, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    more cast

    by guapo987

    they should get a few more people for the cast. it would make more interesting like shaolin soccer.