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Kung Fury: The Future of Retro

Kung Fury: The Future of Retro

Dan Bernardi
[intro-text size=”25px”]It’s Miami, 1985, and the city has gone to hell. Punks are trolling the streets sporting automatic weapons and a total disregard for the law. Other nefarious forces, such as a lethal, pissed off arcade machine, are taking their turns wreaking havoc on the city and only one man has the power to stop them. He used to be a normal cop, but after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra, he fulfilled an ancient prophecy and transformed into the chosen one – Kung Fury.[/intro-text]

He’s the strongest kung-fu master and best cop in the world, and now Kung Fury has to travel back in time to stop Adolf Hitler from achieving world domination. With a little help from some badass viking babes, the Norse god Thor, a couple dinosaurs and expert computer hacker Hackerman, Kung Fury may just be able to kick enough Nazi ass to save the future.

If that plot sounds ridiculous, it is, in the best possible way. Kung Fury is a short film made by Swedish writer/director David Sandberg, who also stars as the titular character. It’s thirty-one minutes of pure over-the-top eye candy for fans of 80’s action and fantasy, and so unique you may only find a similar experience in a dream after marathoning Back to the Future, Cobra, The Karate Kid, Miami Vice, and Heavy Metal.

Kung Fury himself is the ultimate action hero, employing death defying moves in a fashion akin to both The Matrix and Loony Tunes, with a voice so gravelly he makes Eastwood sound like Mickey Mouse and one liners that would make even Stallone or Schwarzenegger proud. His formidable nemesis Hitler, aka Kung Fuhrer,  “the worst criminal of all time”, is played hilariously by The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. Everyone loves to hate the Nazis, and Kung Fury really lays the smackdown on the third reich.

This retro homage is so true to form it borders on spoof, featuring dubbed, corny dialogue, heavy handed green screen and CGI, an amazingly authentic throwback synth score, and even the occasional VHS tracking fuzz. But don’t get it twisted- every element of Kung Fury, no matter how cheesy, absurd, or unbelievable, is completely intentional and undeniably rad, and makes for one hell of a fun ride.

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Kung Fury was crowd-funded to fruition and just this week released online for free and readily available on Youtube. It’s runtime flies by, but if you’re like me that means you’ll watch it seven times (and counting) and hope that before long the talented Sandberg and company get signed for a series or a feature. Feast your eyes on the most wildly entertaining short film you’ll see all year below.

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