You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Kung Fu Hustle’ to Be Re-Released in 3D

HONG KONG — Iconic Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Chow’s hit “Kung Fu Hustle” is to be rereleased as a 3D movie in China.

The kinetic comedy actioner was originally released in 2004. It has been “comprehensively enhanced” and will be released in Mandarin and Cantonese versions by China Film Group, Huayi Brothers and Sony / Columbia Pictures.

The release date is tentatively set for Dec. 24.

Althought the 2004 original grossed $17 million in North America, there are currently no plans to re-release the 3D film outside mainland China, a Sony spokesman said.

The original film grossed RMB170 million in China, worth $20 million at prevailing 2004 exchange rates and $27.6 million at today’s rates.

Since that time the Chinese film industry has been transformed by modernization and multiplexing and the national box office has multiplied more than 30-fold. That gives the rerelease a strong chance of beating the score of the original outing.

Chow’s last theatrical release “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” was released in early 2013 and grossed $196 million.

Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” which was also released early last year, is also set to re-release as a 3D conversion by Bona Film Group. Its release date has now been pushed from this month to Jan. 8, 2015.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler

    Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler Debate the Pros and Cons of Netflix

    Before Netflix produced a fordable slate of awards movies this year — including “The Irishman,” “Dolemite is My Name,” “The Two Popes” and “Marriage Story” — the streaming goliath initially needed credibility among filmmakers. Both Adam Sandler and Brad Pitt were early adapters, as two of the first A-list stars to crossover to Netflix. In [...]

  • Avalon theater Catalina Island

    Avalon Theatre Owner Blames Streaming Services for 'Upside-Down' Attendance

    After 90 years as a haven for movie buffs on Catalina Island, the Avalon Theatre in the Catalina Casino is ending its run as a traditional cineplex. The theater won’t be permanently closing its doors, but the Catalina Island Company announced the venue, located on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles, is [...]

  • Star Wars The Mandalorian

    Why Wall Street Is Feeling Bullish as Disney Plus Blasts Off

    Bob Iger has presided over many launches during his 14 years as Disney CEO: a theme park in Shanghai, state-of-the-art cruise ships, “Star Wars”- and “Avatar”-themed immersive attractions and even a cinematic universe requiring billions of dollars of investment in Marvel movies. But nothing in his tenure has drawn the level of scrutiny that has [...]

  • Adam Sandler Acting Coach Actors on

    Adam Sandler’s Acting Professor Told Him To Quit Acting

    There’s an alternate timeline where Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) listened to his professor and never started acting. Sandler confirmed the story of how his professor at NYU told him to quit acting during a conversation with Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) for “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors.” Pitt explained the story he [...]

  • Brad Pitt on Quentin Tarantino Actors

    Tarantino Made Brad Pitt Drive to His House to Read 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    Quentin Tarantino’s script for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was under such an insane lock and key that co-star Brad Pitt had to read the only physical copy under the watchful eye of the director. Pitt explained his in-house audition process — courtesy of Tarantino’s one-script rule — and response to the film’s writing [...]

  • Brad Pitt Adam Sandler Variety Actors

    Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler Have an Unlikely Movie Bromance

    Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Ad Astra”) and Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.  As has become a tradition for Variety’s Actors on Actors conversations, two superstars realize they have even more in common than celebrity. The careers of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content