Jul 05

Kung Fu Hustle

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As I was trying to explain to my mother-in-law: “If you saw Airplane, and you had never seen a disaster movie, and in fact you had no idea that there was such a thing as a disaster movie, it would seem a very strange film.” And so Kung Fu Hustle seemed a very strange, though very fine, film to me, because the cliches and situations and styles it pastiches are lost to all but watchers of Eastern Cinema. The result is a fascinating bumpiness of tone: the film begins with an over-the-top, but straight, scene of violence and threat and occasionally lurches back into that register (the moments with the musician assassins, for instance). For all I know the seriousness in these sections might be sarcastic, the creepiness hysterical if you’re in the know. But as it was I got a lot of pleasure from how unexpected it all was.

And as I also tried to explain, it’s a very violent film. “Oh, I wouldn’t like that” said mother-in-law. “But it’s good violence” I said. What I meant was that it’s cartoon violence, real cartoon violence with heads being knocked round by a single blow, bashed into the ground, people running in mid air, bashing walls and leaving fist or palm shaped holes – everything that you’d expect from a Tex Avery short performed on human flesh and bone by the miracle of CGI. Sounds terribly irresponsible, doesn’t it?


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    Salsa on 7 Jun 2012 #

    Most of the children are abeusd at home. by their own relative, sometimes by a parent or siblings. I have also heard cases, where the father abuses the daughter, and mother just ignores it, as it gives her free time. where will the child go for any help? children are conditioned to go to their parents for emotional support. so, the keep going to their father or mother and want to please them as that is what they are told to do. parents telling children to respect elders. Do what they tell. You have to please them in order to get recogonition/acceptance .. this is the basic reason why children do not report that they are being abeusd. in fact they don’t even know they are being abeusd. they only believe that they are still not being able to please his/her abuser. They think it is their fault and blame themselves for it. Good movie suggestion: The Woodsman . If you haven’t seen it before, it is a must-see movie.

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