Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kung Fury (2015)

Director: David Sandberg
Writer:    David Sandberg
Cast:       David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew

In 1985, Kung Fury, the toughest martial artist cop in Miami, goes back in time to kill the worst criminal of all time- Adolf Hitler aka Kung Fuhrer. It is a live-action short film and pays homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films. 

Film was funded through a kickstarter campaign which featured a minute long trailer of the film. It raised $630k, exceeding the original target goal of $200k, but falling short of the $1 million mark required for making a feature length film. I guess that was a blessing in disguise because the current running time of 31 minutes is just about right and as can be seen from other Grindhouse films like Planet Terror and Deathproof, a feature length film out of Grade-B material can be bit of a stretch. I haven't seen many/any of the films that it is referencing in the martial arts/police action genres but I am told that there isn't much exaggeration involved in the film and they used to be as crazy as this. There are references to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mortal Kombat, Matrix, Terminator and many other films/animes. Plenty of cool one-liners (Tank You, I'm disarming you etc) and a cheesy product placement. Then there is the 2-D Video gamey fight sequence which reminded me of that scene from Oldboy as well. Film was released for free on Youtube and is embedded below.

It is an awesome watch and do check it out. I have seen some people describing it as 'too bad it is good' and that is not the correct description as it is very intelligent and self-aware. Film made its debut at the Cannes and the makers are now working on making a feature length film set in the same universe. Am not too sure about that though. As far this one goes, it is certainly the best one that has come out in the Grindhouse genre which was revived by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez with Deathproof and Planet Terror respectively.

Rating: 5/5