Kung Fury
May 28, 2015 5:41 PM   Subscribe

If you love kung fu and hate Nazis, then today is your lucky day. Kung Fury has been released on Youtube. (Previously, Previously)
posted by rebent (56 comments total) 61 users marked this as a favorite
 
I supported this on Kickstarter, and I have to say, it's about 10,000x more awesome than I was expecting it to be, and I was expecting a lot.
posted by Huck500 at 5:49 PM on May 28, 2015 [8 favorites]


Well, my evening is booked.
posted by Going To Maine at 5:52 PM on May 28, 2015


Fanfare link
posted by zippy at 5:54 PM on May 28, 2015 [3 favorites]


This is also another good time to remind people about youtube-dl
posted by Going To Maine at 5:56 PM on May 28, 2015 [3 favorites]


Also on Steam: movie and game
posted by zippy at 6:03 PM on May 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wait. It's only 30 minutes long? At least Manborg made it to the 60 minute mark.
posted by thecjm at 6:08 PM on May 28, 2015


That said, it's cool that they made it freely available.
posted by thecjm at 6:09 PM on May 28, 2015


It's only 30 minutes long?

It was 90 minutes long, until they hacked time.
posted by zippy at 6:11 PM on May 28, 2015 [16 favorites]


Could have also been a tracking issue. They seemed to have a lot of those.
posted by weston at 6:33 PM on May 28, 2015 [7 favorites]


"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Knuck...les."
posted by A dead Quaker at 6:45 PM on May 28, 2015 [5 favorites]


I just watched this, and I don't want to give anything away, but there's a sight gag toward the end involving two large animals that makes the entire thing worthwhile.
posted by dortmunder at 6:46 PM on May 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


YOU'RE ABOUT TO HACK TIME, ARE YOU SURE?
> YES | NO

The hacking power glove was a plus.
posted by The Nutmeg of Consolation at 6:52 PM on May 28, 2015


confirmed: this is awesome
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles at 6:53 PM on May 28, 2015


Enjoyed it. Well done Depp/Estevez/Biehn lookalike and multi-hyphenate auteur David Sandberg and cast and crew. I too liked the CGI slap-fight, Norse Mythology's dancing pecs and Mitch Murder musical stylings.
posted by chainlinkspiral at 6:55 PM on May 28, 2015


Too many departures from the books.
posted by uosuaq at 7:06 PM on May 28, 2015 [19 favorites]


Escape From New Yorkish
posted by destro at 7:32 PM on May 28, 2015


Loved it to pieces, everything I hoped it would be and more. Old-school cell phones are way more magical than I remember!
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:34 PM on May 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Knock knock."

"Who's there?"

"Knock...kles."

*KAPUNCH*

This is the greatest thing in the entire history of the universe.
posted by JohnFromGR at 7:39 PM on May 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


"Before I could pull the trigger I was struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra."
posted by mhoye at 7:45 PM on May 28, 2015 [16 favorites]


But where's the part where all the teens learn they all have something in common?
posted by biddeford at 8:26 PM on May 28, 2015 [4 favorites]


We're experiencing that part right now.
posted by maxsparber at 8:38 PM on May 28, 2015 [31 favorites]


Bravo, maxsparberber.
posted by biddeford at 8:50 PM on May 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


When you think it can't get anymore ridiculous, it does. Bravo! The slowly moving and burning! baby carriage was great.
posted by njohnson23 at 9:00 PM on May 28, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love the part where a puppy is in danger, but gets saved. In the 80's, that puppy would have died to move the plot along.
posted by biddeford at 9:05 PM on May 28, 2015


I went into this knowing nothing, expecting to watch a minute or two of nostalgia-based humor, and move along. Of course, I ended up watching the whole thing, because it was great.

"What are you going to do?"

"MY JOB"

I love how he opened his car door by shooting it.
posted by Edgewise at 9:39 PM on May 28, 2015 [6 favorites]


But where's the part where all the teens learn they all have something in common?

biddeford: I think the movie you're looking for is 80s Ending.
posted by webmutant at 9:56 PM on May 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Hasselhoff video is pretty fantastic as well.
posted by latkes at 10:17 PM on May 28, 2015 [4 favorites]


Includes the obligatory product placement (with 645 channel capacity!)
posted by eye of newt at 10:51 PM on May 28, 2015


BETWEEN THIS AND FURY ROAD MY CAPS LOCK IS GETTING A LOT OF WORK.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:20 PM on May 28, 2015 [6 favorites]


I haven't watched it yet, but what I've seen reminds me of the Aussie series Danger 5.

Jason Trost, director of The FP, posted this on his Facebook:

Kung Fury rant:

(Disclaimer: I realize I'm reading into this way too much and I probably sound like a jealous, bitter old asshole, but it's something I need to say)

I'm writing this because I've gotten countless fans writing me, "Isn't Kung Fury the best, have you seen it?!" And my response… Yeah. I actually kind of hated it.

For my money, why I loved all the bad, grindhouse style films from the 80s, was because untalented people were trying as hard as they could to bring their dreams to life on the screen, but they were failing miserably in the process. They weren't pretending to be shitty filmmakers or bad actors, they were those things. But that's what made those movies great and even inspiring. They were trying as hard as they could to be something more than they were. That honesty, that earnestness is what gave those classic films heart, its what made me love them and root for them. Making fun of these classic films with dick jokes, camera winks and fake bad acting feels like it defeats the purpose of what those movies were to me as kid, when I was falling in love with the magic of film. They inspired me. Even if I sucked, I could still try? Awesome!

Long story short, if Kung Fury was what movies in the 80s were actually like, I wouldn't be a filmmaker today. For better or worse, I actually love and understand those old movies. And I wouldn't be here today without them.

posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 12:13 AM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


I wouldn't be a filmmaker today

So we would have missed out on a low budget movie with shitty reviews that nobody's heard of. Ok.
posted by effbot at 12:31 AM on May 29, 2015


Charlemagne In Sweatpants: "Long story short, if Kung Fury was what movies in the 80s were actually like, I wouldn't be a filmmaker today."

Long story shorter, Kung Fury is a parody. The nature of parody is that it is not identical to the source material, it is a parody of the source material.

If Top Secret! was what The Great Escape was actually like, Steve McQueen wouldn't have been such a heartthrob.
posted by Bugbread at 12:47 AM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


Dammit, this was more fun than anything has a right to be. If this were three hours long instead of only thirty minutes, it would still be too short. I'm so giddy from this I may not sleep tonight. I feel like I've just had sex for the very first time while high on ecstasy on top of an Olympic-sized swimming pool filled with $100 bills from my personal bank account and I still have more than $100,000,000.00 left in the bank. Oh, and the pool is inside my mansion by the ocean and my private Gulfstream jet is parked outside, waiting to fly me to Sweden so I can go to writer/director David Sandberg's house and kiss him right on the mouth even though neither of us are gay, not that there's anything wrong with that.

In other words, yeah...this is pretty good.
posted by Quasimike at 4:00 AM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is way better than it deserves to be.
"I got the mayor up my ass like a bag of viagra!"
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:23 AM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


The moustache interlude makes it.
posted by robcorr at 5:35 AM on May 29, 2015


The moustache interlude makes it.

Almost so I felt a bit sorry for private Lahmstache. Colonel Reichstache is pretty abrasive.
posted by effbot at 5:49 AM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


- ------ ----
-- --- - - ---
-- -- --- --

TRACKING
posted by wenestvedt at 8:23 AM on May 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


EndsOfInvention, I thought I heard something a little harsher than that. :7(
posted by wenestvedt at 8:32 AM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I really like Jason Trost, but the mustache scene in Kung Fury, where they are exactly the same mustache except one is brown and the other is blonde, is perhaps the best example I have ever seen of what the characters would call der Narzißmus der kleinen Differenzen.

Likewise, I feel like the narcissism of small differences is the motivator behind Trost's comment,
posted by maxsparber at 8:40 AM on May 29, 2015


"What the fuck?!" "WHAT?!" "WHAT THE FUCK?!?" "WHAT THE FUCK!?!"

was the audience reaction at my place. In short, this movie scores 3.5 WTFs.
posted by zippy at 10:01 AM on May 29, 2015


"I got the mayor up my ass like a bag of viagra!"

That's not quite the line.
posted by zippy at 10:05 AM on May 29, 2015


I like the closed captioning.

For my money, why I loved all the bad, grindhouse style films from the 80s, was because untalented people were trying as hard as they could to bring their dreams to life on the screen, but they were failing miserably in the process. They weren't pretending to be shitty filmmakers or bad actors, they were those things.

As Bugbread points out, this was a parody, and to judge it by the same standards as the films it's riffing on really misses the point. I think Trost's criticisms would be better aimed at something like Sharknado, which I found to be way too calculated a "b-movie" for me to enjoy.

Now I need to watch some Albert Pyun movies.
posted by brundlefly at 10:38 AM on May 29, 2015


The tie-in video game is out.
posted by rifflesby at 11:28 AM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I haven't watched it yet, but what I've seen reminds me of the Aussie series Danger 5.

Danger 5 is difficult to get hold of outside of Australia, at least legally, but I definitely recommend anyone who enjoys Kung Fury attempt to do so.

s/recommend/insist
posted by rifflesby at 1:06 PM on May 29, 2015


Danger 5 is actually available on Netflix right now.
posted by maxsparber at 1:10 PM on May 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


s/difficult/easy
posted by rifflesby at 1:27 PM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Huh, OK I realise I misheard that line, the actual one is shitty. My version makes little to no sense and thus is way funnier.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:20 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


"The final film contains 399 VFX shots that were produced by a 46-person crew at Scandinavian vfx house Fido."
Three-hundred-ninety-nine VFX shots... they couldn't afford to do one more for an even 400??? Well, the expanded feature-length version they're working on should have OVER 9000!!!!
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:31 PM on May 29, 2015


Click on LaserUnicorns to get to their channel. Click HACKERMAN'S HACKING TUTORIALS - How To Hack Time . Watch it or fast forward to near the end. Click WHERE DID HACKERMAN GO... Scroll down to the "Competition" section. Profit! #whereishackerman
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 4:17 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


This was everything it promised to be and free to boot. I'd say that constitutes a compensation for every time in my life I've ever failed to get my money's worth. Great stuff!
posted by comealongpole at 5:02 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


That this pre/post-dates Doof Warrior means is a tragedy.

What I'm saying is that there needs more flame throwing guitars, so it just gets an A-.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:06 PM on May 29, 2015


#teamtriceracop
posted by mhoye at 7:24 PM on May 29, 2015


Danger 5 is difficult to get hold of outside of Australia, at least legally, but I definitely recommend anyone who enjoys Kung Fury attempt to do so.

As mentioned already, it's on Netflix. I would recommend anyone who enjoyed Kung Fury to be prepared to be disappointed by Danger 5.
posted by juiceCake at 11:50 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Things I noticed on rewatch:

Dude on mobile phone about to get stolen by Hitler: "Yeah, yeah, I did the blood test."
Voice on phone: "Yeah, what'd they say?"
Dude: "It was positive!"
Voice on phone: "What the hell you talking about??"
Dude: "Yeah, no problem!"

Kung Fury: "Yeah, I need to get to Nazi Germany and kill Hitler, so if you could uh..."
Thor: "Stop! Hammer time!"
posted by A dead Quaker at 6:41 AM on May 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


Boulet (the amazing French cartoonist) just commented on Twitter on Kung Fury, a bit acerbically. Translated from French:
Confession: I didn't like Kung Fury. I was bored to death by this hysterical accumulation of hackneyed, second-class clichés.

Honestly: the trailer a year ago made me laugh. It was more than enough. You could see the idea, the visual VHS thing— perfect.

I feel like I laughed at someone's joke, and then the person went and dragged it out for half an hour. That never works.
I don't agree— I thought it was hilarious. On the other hand, I'm not sure a feature film is a great idea. There really is a limit to how much you can drag out a parody.
posted by zompist at 2:43 PM on May 31, 2015


Yeah - it was a fine one-shot of jokes, but the idea of sitting through it again makes me kind of queasy.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:47 PM on May 31, 2015


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