Back in 2004, filmmaker Stephen Chow directed and starred in a wonderful gem of a film called Kung Fu Hustle. The film was a wonderful homage to old-school martial arts films, but had an extra layer of cartooniness added to it — a cartooniness Chow had originally flexed in the film Shaolin Soccer (his first big overseas hit, which is also worth your time if you haven’t seen it). The movie may have been goofy as hell, but it was also a damn good action movie, and for years, audiences have been eager for a sequel.
Now, according to the outlet Martial Arts Action Cinema, a follow-up film is finally on the way. The reveal was made by Chow himself during a promo interview for his film The New King of Comedy. There is no word on how far it is along, but we know it’s not next on his slate. First he’ll be making a sequel to the 2016 film The Mermaid. So don’t expect it for a bit. The plan is for him to direct and potentially cameo in the martial arts sequel.
However, if you’re hoping to see a “15 years later” follow-up on what came before, it’s best you check those expectations at the door. Rather than being a direct successor, Kung Fu Hustle looks to be a spiritual one set in the modern day. Personally, I think this is the right move. Give me that goofy tone, amazing soundtrack, and kickass fight scenes with the same dose of heart and I’ll be there.
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