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Orphaned from birth, Fang Shijie (Jay Chou) is raised in a martial arts school and becomes a prodigious master in kung fu. When he is expelled for getting into a fight and destroying a night club, he quickly learns that lightning fast reflexes are good for more than just fighting, He agrees to play for a college basketball team in hopes of finding his long-lost family. After a dazzling display of backboard-breaking slam dunks, alley-oops and gravity-defying shots, he emerges as the team s new star player. However, when faced with a race to the finals against a team of legendary brutality, he soon discovers that skill alone with not bring home the gold.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jay Chou, Eric Tsang, Gang Wang
  • Directors: Kevin Chu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O63TS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Yet the storyline and character development was lacking.
tlaloc
The movie doesn't make sense at first, but it all makes sense in the end as all the pieces goes together.
J. Obra
I thought the scenes were pretty well put together, action was good and the comedy was cool too.
ThatonelikeJerm

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juli A. Flynn on August 1, 2011
Format: DVD
I love Kung Fu movies and there are not enough good ones out there. I know people love Jackie Chan, he's fun to watch, but all of his fight scenes look so choreographed. The kid is this movie is AWESOME! The fight scene in the bar is amazing! He is very fast and extremely fluid and when the scene was over I jumped out of my seat and cheered. Yes, this movie is kind of silly, but that adds to the charm and overall entertainment this movie offers. Movies are not supposed to be realistic. If a movie can take your mind on a mini vacation away from reality for 90 minutes or more it has done its job, and this movie does that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Progress is Patience on January 2, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie is classic fun in the vein of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin soccer. It is a heart-warming story about two wanderers who help one another out in order to get fame, but end up with a lasting friendship instead. The Kung Fu is cool and the basketball team is a great showcase for their special skills. An overall good time, anybody hating on this movie is too serious as this is a light-hearted story infused with comedy and martial arts. Dunking makes me happy!
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Format: Blu-ray
Wholesome, family-friendly fun. You may need to struggle through some subtitles, but this is way better than any of that Air Bud nonsense.

Our story begins with great cinematography (only early in the movie), an orphaned infant and a note. The child is raised by a kung fu master and trained with all of the clichéd wisdom behind the yins, yangs and qi ("chi") of the universe and one's self. After the untimely death of his master, Fang Shijie (Jay Chou) grows up as a kind-hearted yet semi-rebellious kung fu student.

Fang gets involved with some of the wrong people and gets expelled from his kung fu school. But his skillful aim is quickly discovered by friendly hustler who directs his hands to basketball. It turns out that Fang's skill in kung fu translates well, making him a 100% free thrower even from half court...that is, when there's no pressure or opposition. His greatest opposition is from the team captain, who has a drinking problem that is presented in a rather family-friendly way.

Fang needs to learn the basic skills of the game and teamwork to be able to utilize his world class arm. Through the support of his teammates and hard work he develops into a fine player.

Strong elements of comedy and classic kung fu theater action-isms mesh well with modern, stylistic camerawork. The fighting and stunts are good (not great), and are not the focus of this movie after the first act. This movie is about basketball and teamwork.

The greatest thing about this movie is that Fang's skill is never met with arrogance. He is always humble. He wants to be an appreciated member of the team in addition to showing what he can do. He also helps his team captain "defeat" his drinking problem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lilian on October 18, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
absolutely brilliant!
love this film, better then shaolin soccer in my opinion
a must see if your a fan of kung fu, basketball, Jay Chou or Eric Tsang!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ThatonelikeJerm on November 26, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I was just looking for a movie to pass the time and came across this. Loved it! I thought it was very entertaining. Basketball and Kung fu? Awesome! I thought the scenes were pretty well put together, action was good and the comedy was cool too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Obra on October 1, 2011
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I've watched and enjoyed both Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, Kung Fu Dunk (Amazon Prime Video) is a mix of both worlds with basketball.

Overall I thought this movie is a guaranteed laugh-out-loud movie (plenty of gags all around) and great for the family who loves fighting mixed with comedy. The movie doesn't make sense at first, but it all makes sense in the end as all the pieces goes together. I love how this movie is so heartwarming and unpredictable. There are a lot of scenes though with smoking and drinking in this movie, that's about it if you're worried about what the kids are going to see but it goes with the comedy of this movie.

The rules (and real life physics) of basketball obviously does not apply in this movie, but it was still entertaining for me as the scenes also did not look computer generated to me. This movie reminded me a lot of the anime "Slam Dunk" which I assume they got their inspiration from there. The fight scenes are adequate, I thought it was not too much and not too little. Some scenes also does not make sense (seems cut off) as there were some stuff that was left unexplained and some fight scenes looked cut off as well as it looked like different takes stitched together.

In the end I highly recommended to watch and I wish there was more like this out there.
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Format: Blu-ray
I can easily remember the hype that was built around "Kung Fu Dunk".

First the announcement of pop star Jay Chou playing the lead character and then word that the film would be based on the Japanese manga/anime series "Slam Dunk" caught the attention of many who were familiar with the series.

But then things changed and the next thing we heard is that the film would be like a "Shaolin Soccer" and feature Kung Fu with basketball. Needless to say, it sounds unusual but "Shaolin Soccer" was an enjoyable film that you just have to sit back and see what Director Kevin Chu and writers Kevin Wu, Lam Chiu-Wing and Anne Wang had put together. And the collaboration of Taiwan, Hong Kong and even mainland Chinese talent definitely raised the curiosity of fans of the various talent in the film.

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"Kung Fu Dunk" is presented in 1080p. For the most part, the picture quality looks very good on Blu-ray and much better than its DVD counterpart. Blacks are nice and deep, I didn't notice any aliasing or compression artifacts but for the most part, the PQ was very solid for this release.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Where the Blu-ray shines in PQ, unfortunately this 2008 Blu-ray release is missing a lossless soundtrack. Not sure why but "Kung Fu Dunk" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Mandrarin and English Dolby Digital 5.1. The audio quality is fine, but the fact that the audio is not lossless is a bit of a letdown, especially since the film has its share of action sequences. The Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 track is good but the English dub is on par with a lot of the English dubs for Asian films these days. It's not my preference but I did re-watch the film in English and for the most part, it works.
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