Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

kung fu hustle

This week, we break bread (and boards) with returning guest Derek Jarvis as we check out Stephen Chow’s cult kung-fu comedy Kung Fu Hustle! A wacky homage to everything from 40s jazz movies to Westerns to classic kung fu cinema of the 70s, Chow’s blitzkrieg of high-flying antics, goofy CGI gags and incredible fight choreography from Yuen Wo Ping is something you simply have to see to believe. Along the way, we gab about the cross-pollination of Eastern and Western films, Stephen Chow’s crazy sideplots, and a far-too-involved discussion of Animorphs. Check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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Since the Buddha’s Palm is the secret weapon Stephen Chow uses in the film, we decided to work with an exotic fruit called the Buddha’s Hand – a green, alien-looking tropical fruit that’s all zest and pith. Luckily, that zest is citrusy and delicious, so we extrapolated from that and made a key lime pie-esque cocktail with the Buddha’s Hand at its core. If you can’t find one in your area, you can easily swap it out with lime zest. (Alternatively, you can also replace our lime syrup with Buddha’s Hand syrup by combining the zest of one Buddha’s Hand with equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heating to a boil, cooling back down and storing in a bottle!)

Zest of 1 Buddha’s Hand
2 parts coconut milk
1 part baijiu
½ lime syrup
whipped cream
graham cracker (for garnish)

  1. Combine the zest of a Buddha’s Hand with coconut milk.
  2. Add baijiu and syrup and mix in a shaker with ice to combine.
  3. Pour straight up in a cocktail glass, top with whipped cream, extra zest and crumbled graham cracker. 


  1. Whenever you hear a goofy Looney Tunes sound effect
  2. Any time something wooden is broken in the course of the comedy/action sequences
  3. Every time you see that one dude’s buttcrack in the background – you’ll know who we’re talking about.


Landlady marvels at Stephen Chow, saying, “…or he may just be the greatest kung-fu genius ever to come along.”

Join us next week as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with Nancy Meyers’ 2004 comedy The Holiday!

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