Kung Fury, the completely over-the-top homage to the cheesy martial arts and hard-nosed buddy cop flicks of the 1980s, has been making waves online ever since its Kickstarter campaign launched in December, 2013. Early trailers promised insane adventures featuring a kung-fu master police officer battling Transformers-esque arcade cabinets and traveling through time via a Nintendo Power glove to kill Hitler, “The Kung Fuhrer.” As anticipation for the project grew, director and star David Sandberg also teamed up with ’80s icon David Hasselhoff for an amazing retro ’80s-style music video for the film’s theme song, “True Survivor.”
Now, after successfully crowdfunding over $630,000 for Kung Fury, Sandberg and his Laser Unicorns production team have finally unleashed the finished short film online for free, and you can check out all the martial arts mayhem and ’80s-style music, fashions, and excessive violence above.
Here’s the official announcement from the official Kung Fury website:
The short film Kung Fury is a homage and a love letter to the 80’s from the director David Sandberg.
Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”, and revenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age.
The film was crowdfunded in the beginning of 2014 and released on the 28th of may 2015.
The film is now available for free!
The finished short delivers on all the crazy imagery and ’80s action tropes promised in the teasers and the music video and then some – with highlights ranging from Sandberg’s Kung Fury character hanging out with a machine gun-wielding barbarian maiden named “Barbariana,” to enlisting the aid of a 100-foot-tall God Of Thunder in order to help him travel through time to Nazi Germany. The completed effects, while obviously not summer Hollywood blockbuster quality, look terrific and have an intentionally cheesy and exaggerated quality that fits the tone of the movie perfectly.
The love of ’80s direct-to-video and B-movie action cinema seeps through every frame of Kung Fury. The Laser Unicorn staff even went the extra mile to truly capture the experience of watching an ’80s martial arts videotape on an old VCR – as several times the picture becomes distorted or zaps out completely as the “tracking” is adjusted (a frustration film geeks coming of age in the ’80s should be all too familiar with). If you’re a fan of ’80s martial arts movies like American Ninja, cop flicks like Cobra, wild fantasy fare like The Beastmaster, and the legions of ripoffs and clones that packed home video store shelves in their wake, you should have a blast with Kung Fury.
You can check out more from the Laser Unicorn team on their YouTube channel, and Sandberg is inviting fans to tweet their experiences watching the film using the hashtag #kungfurypremiere.
Source: Kung Fury