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KUNG FU HIP HOP

Combining the ancient art of Chinese kung fu with modern hip-hop and disco dancing, this is a heart-warming tale about two men (Jordan Chan and Hyun Joon) who bravely pursue their dream of becoming the ultimate Dance King, while trying to win the attention of a pretty deejay (Fan Bing Bing). Glory, music, passion and lots of funky dancing are in order, as they go through highs and lows, carving out smiles and shedding tears along the way.

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Genre: Comedy / Dance / Martial Arts
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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: "Kung Fu Dunk"

Right from the beginning, "Kung Fu Hip Hop" never managed to avoid being "Kung Fu Rip Off", a classless attempt to make some money by applying some basic understanding of how to make a movie. How does one start this review? The movie is very forced and laughably poor - it even appears unedited.

With a bit of research, the ugly head of globalisation and merging markets reveals itself - this is a China production utilising the star appeal of a Hong Kong big name with a popular Mainland actress and a Korean dancer, not to mention an overlong Pepsi ad which didn't try too hard to hide it. Invasive product placement isn't a killer, really - but poor dubbing is. Throughout the already overlong 90 odd minutes of "Kung Fu Hip Hop", conversations sound and appear completely incoherent, due to the multinational nature of its production and distribution. The "San Kai" sharpness of Jordan Chan's true voice got lost in his mild mannerisms, as he mouthed his lines in soft Mandarin. South Korean star Nam Hyun Joon had exaggerated speech movements because he wanted to compensate. Worse yet, Fan Bing Bing is all whispers.

Never mind, I thought - there's the dancing. However, that too fell woefully short of industry standards. The songs were doubtlessly catchy but the co-ordination was a little embarrassing. Many scenes were stylised and edited in such a disagreeable way, cheating its way through 90 minutes of a supposed dance movie.

Okay, now I think I'll go and re-watch "Honey" while jogging on a treadmill with my TV upside down - just to see if the dancing was any better than "Kung Fu Hip Hop".

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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