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The first movie became an instant cult classic but here's why fans had to wait over 15 years for Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle 2 to happen.

The original became an instant cult favorite when it arrived in 2004, but here's why it took over 15 years for Kung Fu Hustle 2 to get moving. Stephen Chow is a legendary figure in Chinese cinema and started his career with roles in movies like John Woo's Just Heroes and taking over from Chow Yun-fat for God Of Gamblers II other III. He first moved into the directing seat for 1993's Flirting Scholar with Gong Li (Miami Vice), and regularly started to direct his own projects like 1996's The God Of Cookery.

Stephen Chow's breakthrough to international audiences came with 2001's Shaolin Soccer, which was a hyperactive, cartoonish sports movie. Chow shot it with overseas viewers in mind, and the movie's unique blend of action and comedy saw it become a solid hit. He followed up with Kung Fu Hustle, another action comedy. In the film, he plays a lowlife criminal who gets mixed up with the Ax Gang, which leads to some incredible action scenes. Kung Fu Hustle received great reviews, grossing over $ 102 million internationally and remains one of Chow's most popular films.

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Stephen Chow stated in 2005 he was working on Kung Fu Hustle 2, but its path to getting made would prove twisty. Chow's next film would be 2008's CJ7, a sci-fi comedy about a father and son who adopt a friendly alien. The E.T. aping comedy received a more lukewarm reception than Kung Fu Hustle and wasn't as successful. During this period, Chow was also hired to direct and star as Kato alongside Seth Rogen in Green Hornet. It seemed like a perfect pairing of star and project, but Chow would first drop out of the director seat following "creative differences"but remained on as Kato. before later exiting the production entirely.

Stephen Chow is known to be an exacting collaborator and perhaps not the easiest director to work with, with Green Hornet producer Evan Goldberg later admitting Chow wanted total control, which wasn't going to happen in Hollywood. Chow's next film as director was 2013's Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, and that year he stated Kung Fu Hustle 2 was still planned but had been put on hold while he'd focused on other projects in the intervening years. In 2016, he directed fantasy comedy The Mermaid - which became one of the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time - and 2019's The New King Of Comedy, a remake of his own 1999 movie.

Stephen Chow has been far more focused on directing than acting in recent years, to the point he hasn't appeared in a movie sinceCJ7. While promoting The New King Of Comedy he revealed Kung Fu Hustle 2 is finally happening, but it won't be a direct sequel. It will instead be set in modern-day and he will likely only cameo. While its disappointing Chow wouldn't be the lead - especially after his long absence from acting - in the sequel, it's just good to know its finally in development. With Chow's current focus on The Mermaid 2, it will likely be another couple of years before Kung Fu Hustle 2 punches into cinemas.

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