Sunday, September 9, 2012
Stephen Chow in Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong action comedy film directed and produced by, and starring Stephen Chow.
The cartoon style of the film, accompanied by traditional Chinese music, is often cited as its most striking feature.
Kung Fu Hustle pays tribute to many famous veterans of Hong Kong action cinema of the 1970s.
Yuen Wah, a former student of the China Drama Academy Peking Opera School, plays the Landlord of the Pig Sty Alley. He has appeared in hundreds of Hong Kong films from the 1970s and was a stunt double of Bruce Lee.
The part of the Landlady was offered to Yuen Qiu, another student of Yu Jim-yuen, sifu of the China Drama Academy.
Bruce Leung, who played the Beast, is Stephen Chow's childhood martial arts hero. Leung Siu Lung was a famous action film director and actor in the 1970s and 1980s, known as the "Third Dragon" after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
I always like Stephen Chow's movies and Kung Fu Hustle ranks as one of the best.
When Headplay produced a Stephen Chow head sculpt (likeness to the movie), I decided it was time to kit bash Stephen Chow in his movie Kung Fu Hustle.
Nowadays, it is pretty easy to get 1/6th scale Chinese kung fu suits for kit bashing. The top is from my Enterbay Ip Man leftover while the pants & shoes I got from ebay.
This kit bash depicts the part when Chow's character undergoes a metamorphosis after he is severely beaten up by the Beast.
His chi-energy activates and flow through his body. He quickly recovers from his wounds and becomes the "natural-born martial arts genius"!
Overall, a very simple kit bash which I am pretty satisfied with.