Daniel’s Review of Kung Fury (No Spoilers)

The 30 minute short film Kung Fury is an homage to the 80’s from the director David Sandberg. With crowdfunding, they brought to life the story of a Miami Police Department Detective that acquires super Kung Fu powers, and uses those powers to save the world.

This is basically every 80’s action movie wrapped up into 30 minutes of pure fun. I don’t know about you, but I grew up on 80’s action movies. So this was the perfect short for me to watch.

WARNING: This movie is completely ridiculous. Do NOT take yourself, or the movie seriously while watching.

Ok, just had to throw that out there for some of you. I also feel I have to mention that I have a sort of guilty pleasure with grindhouse action type films, and I love the action genre in general. Not saying that Kung Fury is a grindhouse film. But simply setting up how and why my tastes would allow me to appreciate films of this nature more than most. Films like, Rambo: First Blood, Black Dynamite, Machete, Riki-Oh:The Story of Ricky, etc…

Alright, back to the review… I loved it!
Funny throughout, and action packed, this love-letter to the 80’s is everything I wanted in a movie when I was a kid. It has all the scenes and themes you would expect. The music, dialogue, plot, performances, costume design, and background, come together for an amazing presentation. Everyone plays their part perfectly. The special effects are done in a way that is reminiscent of the effects from the 80’s, but with a modern quality. Although it is only a 30 minute short, it felt complete. One great aspect of the film being 30 minutes, is that it’s ridiculousness doesn’t have the chance to become overwhelming. Being a trope-dense production, I think it had to be a short film. Although, it did leave me with the thirst for a sequel…

Kung Fury 2: Führious Drift?

This movie takes you back to the days you use to play with action figures…
So, it takes me back to yesterday…
It brings back memories of all the crazy action scenes your imagination would come up with. Kung Fury, is that imagination brought to life. That being said, just like action figures (NOT DOLLS), this movie is an acquired taste.

Kung Fury was made with a budget of $630,019 from about 17,700 backers using kickstarter, which is online crowdfunding. It is a visually spectacular action comedy that is absolute perfection for what it attempts to be. You can watch it on Netflix, YouTube, or kungfury.com. I definitely recommend watching this, especially if you appreciate some 80’s action. Even if you don’t, just watch it to see what it’s all about. It’s only 30 minutes, so you can catch it on your lunch break.

As I previously stated, this is exactly on point for what it wanted to be. Everything was on purpose. This is a trip in a time machine back to the 80’s. It wasn’t made with an attempt at an Oscar, or to please the critics. Kung Fury is more of a “thank you” to the films of the 80’s, and for the people that appreciate them. I had a smile on my face the entire 30 minutes of the film. Watch it if you have 30 minutes to spare, I know I will, again… and again.

My rating for this short film is 10/10

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