The Axe Gang

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The Axe Gang
Residence Shanghai, China
Occupation Gangsters, Criminals, Mobsters

The Axe Gang (Simplified Chinese: 斧头帮; traditional Chinese: 斧頭幫; pinyin: fǔ tóu bāng; Zhuyin Fuhao: ㄈㄨˇ ㄊㄡˊ ㄅㄤˉ) is a reference to a gang founded in 1921, but is currently used for show in cinema.[1] It has appeared in a few Hong Kong martial arts films.

The fictional version of the Axe Gang is based on a real-life Axe Gang in Shanghai around Japanese Occupation with a leader named Wang Ya Qiao.[2][3][4]


The Axe Gang has control over Shanghai and uses axes as a weapon of choice, usually dressed in black suits and sometimes top hats. Boxer From Shantung is perhaps the gang's earliest appearance, though they are not formally called Axe Gang within the film. The Gang also appears in Project A Part II, Drunken Master II, Marrying the Mafia II, Kung Fu Hustle, and Shanghai Affairs.

In Kung Fu Hustle[edit]

In the martial-arts film Kung Fu Hustle, the Axe Gang is run in a way very similar to the Italian crime mafia families or perhaps to the major Chinese Triads. The Axe Gang is led by Brother Sum. Two crossed axes forming an "X" can be seen as their recognizable logo in Kung Fu Hustle, which many if not all members have tattooed on their bodies somewhere, visible or otherwise. The gang is shown doing dance moves in Kung Fu Hustle reminiscent of 50s musicals.



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  2. ^ "Kung Fu Hustle (2004)". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Axe Gang YKTTW Discussion". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Watch The Axe Gang Video". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 

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