20 minutes ago 0 Shares Steven Chow Confirms We’re Getting A Follow-Up To Kung Fu Hustle Wed Feb 13 2019 17:18:41 GMT+0000 (GMT) Wed Feb 13 2019 17:30:44 GMT+0000 (GMT) Jess Hardiman Jess Hardiman in Entertainment Powered by Fifteen years on from the release of martial arts comedy hit Kung Fu Hustle, it looks like…
Fifteen years on from the release of martial arts comedy hitKung Fu Hustle, it looks like we could finally be getting some sort of follow-up.
Actor Steven Chow, who starred in the original, revealed that another instalment (of sorts) is now in development while at an audience Q&A inGuangzhou, Hong Kong, where he was promoting his latestmovie,The New King of Comedy.
Chow, now 56, was asked by a fan on Tuesdaywhether or notthere would be a secondKung Fu Hustle.
“Yes!” hesaid, much to our surprise – although he continued to explain it probably won’t be a sequel as such. By the sounds of things, it’ll be more of a reboot.
“Actually, it won’t be so much aKung Fu Hustle 2; it would be a modern-day kungfustory set in a foreign country and have its own standalone story,” he said.
“But it will have a similar direction and concept asKung Fu Hustle.“
Steven Chow starred as Sing in Kung Fu Hustle. Credit: Columbia Pictures
Chow also admitted he might be up for appearing in the film, despite having recently spent more time behind the camera than in front of it, having focused on directing.
“I might consider playing someone who gets beaten up – I can’t fight that well anymore!” he joked.
The original 2004 film sees Chow star as Sing, a small-time mobster in 1940s China who dreams of being as respected as the Axe Gang, a band of killers who rule Hong Kong.
It was such a hit with audiences that it broke box office records across Asia.
It did surprisingly well critically, too, with a score of 90 percent on reviewaggregratorRotten Tomatoes.
TheToronto Star‘s GeoffPeverewrote at the time: “Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies likeHouse of Flying Daggersis only one item onKung Fu Hustle‘s agenda.”
Newsweek‘s DavidAnsensaid the film was ‘sodisarmingly eager to please’ that ‘only a stone-faced kungfupurist could object’.
Referring to Chow as ‘agonisinglymulti-talented’, Simon Crook fromEmpiresaid the film had ‘minimum plot, maximum rumble’, saying: “Subtle itain’tand God is it loud – half the time it’s like having your head trapped between a pair of cymbals – but, really, it’s one giant kick in the nuts for Hollywood.”
Rumoursof a possible sequel have been circulating for a while now, but nothing concrete had been confirmed.
While the details are still a little shaky, at least now there’s something for us to cling onto.
Featured Image Credit: Columbia Pictures