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Comments on Tuesday 11 January 2005:
And on the subject of things being excellent and better than other things, Stephen Chow is excellent, in particular his new movie Kung Fu Hustle. Not that it's his best movie or anything, but it's still great. Mr Chow does excellent special effects, and really doesn't need to since he's mostly doing comedy-spoof movies. There are several moments of Matrix-parody in Kung Fu Hustle, and each time the effects are done better than the Matrix series did them itself - and almost certainly on a smaller budget. I suspect the reason for this is that Chow started out making movies with no budget, so he's used to pulling off effects using string and duct tape - now that he has the technology, he combines it with the filming techniques used to make string and duct tape special effects believable, which results in ridiculous effects that, nonetheless, don't require putting any effort into suspension of disbelief at all.

This particular movie is a bit of a tribute to lots of famous Chinese cinema and writing, much of which I'm not familiar with. As is Stephen Chow's way, that doesn't matter, it's fun even if you're missing half of what's going on. It's not like it's really very coherent anyway. It has an axe gang who dance. It has kung-fu masters who cut hair and make noodles. It has Stephen Chow saying "no more soccer", presumably not only to a character in the movie but also surreptitiously to fans and distributors who want there to be a sequel to Shaolin Soccer, but the scene is funny even if you've never heard of Shaolin Soccer.

Also, for bonus points, Sony's website for the movie has, in addition to the usual trailers and such, a set of four games each of which is like a quite good game from 1984 or so. Games recognisably akin to Chuckie Egg, Commando, Tapper and Street Fighter. [03:56]

Dragonseye
Okay no offense but a monkey could have made better special effects than on the matrix. I do get what you are saying though that he has excellent special effects but still the Matrix isn't exactly something to compare a movie's effects too.

RavenBlack
No, the point is that he was parodying the Matrix. Usually parodies are of worse quality than the original (that being part of what makes them a parody), but when Chow does it the parody beats the original, which is a much better insult.

Dragonseye
Okay this is off subject but I was goin through your archives (don't ask why) and I have never relized that you are married untill today. I feel dumb because I have been reading your blog a long time (never replieing if I may add).

Dragonseye
Oh, okay. Sorry about my moment of stupidity.

Dragonseye
You are correct it is a MUCH better insult.

RavenBlack
Well, I'm not married any more. Later archives mutter about the divorce.

Dragonseye
Oh sorry I didn't even see anything about any type of marraige or divorce or anything of the sort.
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