• Guy Jeffries

Kung Fury Review


Director: David Sandberg.

Starring: David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Björn Gustafsson, David Hasselhoff, Magnus Betnér

There's three reasons why I'm choosing Kung Fury as this week's #ThrowbackThursday firstly, because it has been recently announced that the Sequel, aptly named Kung Fury II: The Movie is going ahead! Secondly, because it's epic and thirdly, because it's epic.

It's silly, crazy and damn right epic. (I've said that already, haven't I?) it's like having a child's unrestricted imagination run riot, ignoring all improbabilities. Mix that with an informercial, a corny script and fight scenes that are more like a montage of Mortal Kombat finishers, you end up with Kung Fury. The child, being grown-up writer, director and lead actor of the film, David Sandberg.

In the half-hour nutshell, Kung Fury (name of our hero) looking like a Karate Kid in a black leather jacket, red bandana and converse all stars; must travel back in time using Hackerman's 8bit Weird Science project to defeat the Nazi leader, Hitler, who has proclaimed himself as Kung Führer, who, I can only assume is wanting world domination or a personal vendetta on the Miami Police department of 1985.

Of course, the adventure can't be complete without his discarded partner Triceracop who likes shooting people in the dick, Viking babes armed with machine guns, a talking T-Rex and an awesome giant Thor who arrives via Terminator themed music. And talking of music, the electro-pop eighties themes are superb with even The Hoff, yes David Hasselhoff performing 'True Survivor' for the film. He also plays the Hoff9000, Kung Fury's retro Lamborghini Countach.

Not the only star to feature their services for the film, but Swedish comedians Björn Gustavsson and Magnus Betnér as the confused linguistic Nazi, and also Saturday Night Live star and writer Jorma Taccone who plays Adolf, I mean the Kung Führer

It's so outrageously silly it's brilliant, quite possibly sourcing material from Chuck Norris jokes; it reminds me of those classic eighties cartoons like Pole Position, Galaxy Rangers and Ulysses. The Special Effects and CGI are golden and the VA's actually diluted the quality of the film to give it that eighties gloss, like watching it on an old video cassette.

Ultra-violent, over-the-top and overdubbed; it's insanely funny and very well made. Editing on point, and production is amazing. It's a fine example of what can be achieved with some good crowdfunding as the Kickstarter project managed to raise over $630,000 in just one month from some 17,700 backers, to whom the film is dedicated to.

Here's the film if you haven't watched it already or wanted to recap. Don't worry, it's the official release available on YouTube. Also, check out more info on the short and keep up to date on the sequel by clicking on the movie poster below.

Running Time: 6

The Cast: 6

Performance: 9

Direction: 10

Story: 8

Script: 8

Creativity: 10

Soundtrack: 10

Job Description: 10

The Extra Bonus Point: 10 for something truly, insanely original and epic. make the second one already!... Please.

87% 9/10

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