Kung Fury is a Swedish made, American language, kickstarter funded, 2015 action/comedy/martial arts/80’s homage/short written, directed, and starring David Sandberg. It is, without question, the most balls out insane thing I have ever seen. It is ridiculous, absurdist even, over the top violent, hysterical, and beautiful. It plays like a VHS from the 80’s complete with tracking issues and fuzzy picture. At only about a half hour, it is more than worth your time.
The story of Kung Fury is simple. A young cop and his partner are tracking a kung fu master through an alley. After placing said master in cuffs the two partners share a moment together. At which point Kung Fury’s partner is cleaved in twain by that same kung fu master. Kung Fury, as one would imagine, is rather put out. He is unable to take his immediate revenge however as he is both struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra. (naturally) Upon waking, Kung Fury uses his new powers to take down the kung fu master and become the best, but most reckless, cop on the force. And thank goodness for him as none other than Adolf Hitler travels through time to spread his evil Nazi bullshit through the power of his own Kung Fu as the Kung Furher. Kung Fury then travels back in time, too far to viking times at first, to kill Hitler. So, like I said, simple.
The action and direction of Kung Fury are simply astounding. With a concept and visuals so insane, and believe me that description above barely scratches the surface, the directing had to be tight. Sandberg does an amazing job of keeping everything looking, for lack of a better term, cool. This flick plays out like a video game fever dream from the mind of a child weened on 80’s pop culture. The Kung Fu on display is great. Sandberg knows his stuff. Every fight scene, which is pretty much the entire film. is easy to follow. They are bloody as hell and gruesome to the point of comedy. Think Evil Dead or ReAnimator meets Saturday Kung Fu movies. I love this little flick to pieces and cannot wait for the sequel. Do yourself a favor and check this out. It will put a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye, and a fist in your balls. (just watch, it will make sense) Hit me up on twitter, @geekadedan, and let me know what you thought of Kung Fury. Check out the full movie below, and hit the trailer for the video game which is also dope AF. Join me next week as we go a little more traditional but no less weird with the Crippled Masters.