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Kung Fu Hustle

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish but unnecessarily violent martial arts movie set in China in the 1940s about a small-time crook (Stephen Chow) who transforms from street hustler to hero after one of his shakedown schemes inadvertently unleashes the wrath of a ruthless gang on the residents of a shantytown, triggering an all-out war between an army of underworld goons and the locals, several of whom are secretly kung fu masters. Written and directed by Chow as well, the film deftly combines slapstick comedy and "Matrix"-inspired fight sequences, which, though violent, are for the most part intentionally over the top and cartoonish in tone. Subtitles. Much stylized action violence with associated gore, a shooting, rear nudity, a crass scene of urination, as well as rough and crude language and humor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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