It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we were graced with the awesome pecs of Kung Fury. Crowdfunded through Kickstarter from December 2013 through January 2014, Kung Fury exceeded the initial target goal of $200,000, but fell short of the million dollars it would have taken to make a full-length feature – setting writer/director/star David Sandberg on a fast track to greatness. If you’ve seen Kung Fury, you surely know that it’s not only the greatest short film ever made, but that it’s also the greatest thing in the entire world (even better than cheeseburgers and Slinky, believe it or not). If you’ve yet to see Kung Fury (I’m not judging you), just sit tight – you’re in for a treat.
Kung Fury is a martial arts action comedy short film written, directed by, and starring David Sandberg. It pays homage to 1980’s martial arts and police action films – offering extreme violence, cheeky humor, and the greatest one-liners known to man. The film follows Kung Fury (Sandberg), a Miami-based detective in the 1980’s. While attempting to apprehend a red ninja in an alley, Fury’s partner, Dragon, is sliced in half (I knew he was dead straight off). In a fit of rage, Fury attempts to shoot the red ninja, but is struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra before he’s able to pull the trigger. I’m not fucking making this up. Fury blacks out and has visions of an ancient prophecy about a powerful form of kung fu that can only be mastered by the chosen one. When he comes to, the ninja is rushing at him – ready to strike. Kung Fury feels his body mutate into some sort of kung fu freak of nature, and it is soon revealed that he is the chosen one.
A few years later, after defeating an arcade machine robot (in a battle more epic than anything you’ll see in Batman V Superman), Fury is assigned to partner with Triceracop – a triceratops cop, in case you were wondering – but instead quits the force due to the fear of losing another partner in the line of duty. Meanwhile, Hitler (Kung Fuhrer) – as portrayed by The Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone – enters the timeline, gunning down the police chief and attacking the precinct through a mobile phone (once again, I’m not fucking making this up). Intent on avenging the chief, Kung Fury recruits Hackerman (Leopold Nilsson), a computer genius, to hack him back in time so that he may kill Hitler in Nazi Germany. Things don’t quite go as expected, and I won’t spoil it for you, but rest assured – the blissful insanity of this film is just getting started.
Kung Fury made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival and premiered on YouTube in the United States, on May 28, 2015. By June 1st, the film had already reached over ten million views (all by me) on YouTube, and has now been viewed nearly 25 million times (I spend a lot of time on the internet, don’t judge me). You can also catch the film on Netflix, but for the sake of convenience, I’m including the entire thing below. If you’ve never seen Kung Fury, I implore you to watch it now – and if you have, there’s no better time to enjoy it again.
Kung Fury is a fun, endlessly quotable short film that can be enjoyed over and over again. The film knows its audience and gives them a perfect, smile-inducing experience from start to finish. You’d be hard pressed to find anything more entertaining or balls-to-the-wall insane.
PS: If you don’t like the David Hasselhoff theme song, I might fight you.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars