The title Kung Fury doesn’t necessarily conjure images of a potential Kung Fu classic movie, more like a tongue in cheek martial arts spoof such as the likes of Kung Pow. Films of this style of humour are enjoyable and have their niche and Kung Fury is one of those films, BUT (note the big but) brings a different twist to its comedy kick. You will watch it, you will watch it again. You will start quoting lines from it with your mates. It will become a classic before anyone knows what’s going on. If it doesn’t, then just set a Lazer Raptor on me.
Kung Fury rips off on 1980s film action and arcade game stereotypes. Our hero, talks in a low, gruff voice while donning jeans, a t-shirt, leather jacket (with the sleeves rolled up) leather fingerless gloves topped off with a red head band. He’s like a cross between Ryu from Street Fighter 2 and Axel from Streets of Rage. He fights with shades on, even in the dark and has serious martial arts skills, though heavily assisted by CGI. In this case it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I usually not a fan of CGI or too much wire work in martial arts films but here it enhances the absolutely absurd action and is done very, very well. My favourite scene is when Kung Fury takes on a huge hoard of Nazi’s (yup….Nazi’s), taking each one out in a deadly but stylish martial arts move that would make any character from Mortal Kombat balk and go running for the sick bag.
From the opening sequence, I found myself laughing hysterically – in a good way – while punching the air in salute to its awesomeness. You are immediately treated to the tone for the rest of the film via the intentionally aged footage to make it look like you’re watching an old favourite 1980s actioner on VHS tape. I was amazed at the attention to detail from the 80s costumes to the way that Kung Fury’s digs are decked out.
I am desperately not trying to give anything away as this film will blow your mind, but I should at least give you a run down of the story. Ok, erm, here goes……our hero is a cop. He’s on the trail of some Ninja assassin (played by Eos Karlsson) whom he corners into an alley with his cop partner Dragon. Dragon subsequently gets killed adequately enough to ensure that he won’t be in Kung Fury 2 unless it’s in a flashback.
The hero is next, but luckily he gets struck by lightning while simultaneously getting bitten by a cobra just before the ninja can strike. (I’m giggling to myself while I type this.) I say lucky, as the result is that our man turns into Kung Fury, a Kung Fu freak of nature! Are you with me so far? Ok, it goes on; in the 1940s Hilter is some kind of Kung Fu badass but wants the power of the Kung Fury and so travels forward in time Terminator style to kill our hero and to get his power. Hitler murders pretty much an entire cop precinct in the best improbable assassination method I’ve ever seen, but still manages to miss Kung Fury! Fury subsequently finds a way to travel back in time with the intention to revenge-kill Hitler. Trust me when I say that it gets weirder.
The film was written and directed by David Sandberg, who also plays the title role. It is just under half an hour long filled with over the top action, comic genius and some pretty awesome martial arts scenes. I genuinely really enjoyed it, but must be taken with a pinch of salt. At the time of this review, Netflix customers can view it. I have been talking like and quoting Kung Fury for over a week now and still haven’t got bored of it.
It’s also worth checking out Kung Fury quotes, written down by IMDb. Click here to have a look at some.