Kung Fu Hustle Creates the Top-grossing（《功夫》创造较高票房收入）
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It’s no surprise why Kung Fu Hustle is the top-grossing① homegrown movie in Hong Kong. Hustle’s approach to a simple good-against-evil plot is extremely cheerful.
Humor bordering on slapstick combined with exciting choreography② by Yuen Wo Ping, who masterminded③ the fight scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix, make Kung Fu Hustle a lively, visual treat.
There is plenty of violence, but it’s largely cartoonish. Stephen Chow wrote, directed, produced and stars in this non-stop action movie, which is in Cantonese with English subtitles④.
Chow plays Sing, an eager young man who longs to be a member of the powerful and cruel Axe Gang. When gang members appear on the scene, sometimes dancing with their frightening axes in hand, the sky breaks out with fireworks. The sets are shocking, with classic cars lining the neon-lighted streets and gambling casinos⑤ serving as the backdrop to the underworld activities. All these give off the sensation of Old West shootouts.
One neighborhood is blessedly away from the disorder. Pig Sty Alley is so poverty-stricken it holds no interest for the Axe Gang. Then in wanders the unlucky Sing, who attempts to get money there. But folks are not what they seem: The town is full of kung fu masters.
Sing tries to single out someone he can fight, but it seems as if everyone, elderly and very young alike, has a body like Charles Atlas. During the time, Sing calls upon the Axe Gang, which faces off against the people of Pig Sty Alley, led by the town’ s landlords, the powerful lady in curlers and her husband. Fans of kung fu movies will have a rip-roaring time, but even moviegoers are sure to enjoy spirited action of Kung Fu Hustle.
① top-grossing adj. 票房收入较高的
② choreography n. 舞蹈术
③ mastermind vt. 策划
④ subtitle n. 说明对白的字幕
⑤ gambling casino 赌博场
Choose the best answers according to the above:
( ) 1. Which of the following characters does the passage mainly describe?
A. Stephen Chow B. Yuen Wo Ping C. Sing D. Charles Atlas
( ) 2. Kung Fu Hustle becomes the top-grossing homegrown movie in Hong Kong because _______.
A. it is full of humor and exciting action B. it is full of cartoonish characters
B. it is mainly made up of dance D. it is a non-stop action movie
( ) 3. Which of the following about the Axe Gang is TRUE?
A. The Axe Gang is popular with fans of kung fu movies.
B. The Axe Gang is always easy do good things.
C. The Axe Gang doesn’t know how to use guns.
D. The Axe Gang often fights against its enemy using the axes.
( ) 4. In which part are you likely to find it if the passage appears in the web site?
A. Entertainment. B. Travel. C. News. D. Books.
1. C 细节理解题。整篇文章主要介绍了影片中的人物：Sing。
2. A 细节理解题。由文章的第二段和最后一段可知，这部电影之所以吸引人，关键是这部影片具有幽默、刺激的舞蹈及动作。
3. D 细节理解题。由文章的第四段第二句可知。
4. A 推理判断题。本篇文章是介绍电影Kung Fu Hustle的，因此它很可能出现在entertainment（娱乐）版面上。