Producing, directing, and starring in his own movies, Stephen Chow is the Charlie Chaplin of China. His American releases are Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.
Kung Fu Hustle is one of those movies I can never get tired of watching… It is obvious that this movie is influenced by a broad spectrum of hollywood eras, from silent cinema to the gangster flicks of the 50s to Hong Kong kung fu. You can see bits and pieces borrowed from Larry Semon, Harold Lloyd, Bruce Lee, Bruce Campbell, amongst others, in this homage towards movies that are serious about not taking themselves seriously.
I especially loved how Chow portrayed his City, which I imagine to be something like a street in Saudade, naturally, minus the glitterati of decadent technology.