Bursting with talent!
by Martin Hafer
A 1980s Miami detective with ninja superpowers goes back in time to battle Kung Fu Hitler in this arcade style film from Sweden!
A few days ago, a new short film I’ve never heard about appeared on Netflix. With the title Kung Fury, I was intrigued and decided to give it a look…and I had absolutely no idea what I was in for with this short film. It turns out that it’s not a traditional martial arts film…nor even an untraditional one. Instead, it’s an insane and ultra bizarre film that is a welcome addition to my “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” series of articles!
The film is supposedly set in Miami in the 1980s–and at first, this seemed plausible. After all, the soundtrack is pure 80s….but soon I could tell this wasn’t the 1980s I remember! Instead, it’s like a combination of old school videogames such as Street Fighter and Mortal Combat along with television shows like Miami Vice and Knight Rider combined with healthy doses of LSD! The story is about a super-hero cop, Kung Fury, who ultimately does battle with Kung Fu Hitler after traveling back in time!
But Kung Fury isn’t alone…he’s assisted by two machine gun-wielding Viking maidens, Thor, a T-Rex, his partner Triceracop and a super-hacker!! None of this film makes much sense…I am warning you. But it’s also very funny and you just can’t stop watching. It’s extremely bloody and violent…but it’s all very cartoony violence. And, speaking of cartoony, there’s even a cartoon segment towards the end of the film that looks an awful lot like one of those 80s GI Joe cartoons!
The film is the project of David Sandberg, a young Swedish filmmaker who directs, produces, wrote and stars in Kung Fury. He got his financing through a Kickstarter program and has released the film for free on the internet. And, most importantly, it has a special appearance by the unofficial king of the 1980s, David Hasselhoff! I wish I could say more, but you just have to see it to believe it! I liked it and hope you do as well.
Watch Kung Fury below
You can visit the film’s official website here: www.kungfury.com