The funniest and greatest short movie … EVER made!
We are living in great times. Great times where great things happen. Prove of concept is a little short movie called Kung Fury. There was a time when you could tell the difference between a blockbuster made by a film studio and an amateur video made by a couple of film students. That line has faded. You can still tell the difference, but in terms of entertainment – and isn’t that what movies are all about in the end? – Kung Fury knocks down every single opponent.
This isn’t just a mere fan-made video, ladies & gentlemen, this is one of the greatest achievements in recent movie history as far as independent film projects go outside the Hollywood regime. If you don’t believe me consider this. Kung Fury was digitally made in and around an office in Sweden, yet it was selected to screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Pretty need, huh?
So, what makes Kung Fury so insanely awesome? Well, let’s start with the obvious. Kung Fury is a Swedish short movie written, directed by and starring David Sandberg. Here’s a normal everyday guy who loves movies wholeheartedly and decided to bring homage to the wonderful 1980s when movies were allowed to be bad, stupid and just plain crazy fun.
His idea … no … his dream was to make a movie he could share with the world. Now that dream has come true! Through crowdfunding, his little project reached an exceptional +600.000$, which proved more than enough to bring his dream to life.
Kung Fury tells the story of the toughest martial arts cop in Miami who goes back in time to kill the most evil bad guy of all time, kung fuhrer Hitler. That’s right. This is not a joke (actually it is … the whole movie is a joke). Hitler is a deadly Kung Fu master with an army of equally dangerous Nazi soldiers, but instead of carrying weapons they are all highly trained martial arts fighters.
And if you think that’s where the craziness stops, then think again! Much like so many wacky-kooky-silly ’80s comedies, Kung Fury creates a world where everything is possible. You have a talking dinosaur, a big fantasy God who will smash everything to pieces, a couple of super-sexy Scandinavian warrior girls and that’s not even half of it.
Saying more would spoil the surprise, so why not check it out yourself? Just click here!
The most amazing accomplishment is how the movie was made. Consider the special effects. Yes, they look fake but they also look sooo good! You actually believe two guys are riding a T-rex, even though you well know it’s just a bunch of computer generated images.
And then there’s the humor. It’s so far-out, so fantastic, so beautifully insane. It’s exactly what this all-too-serious world needs. It’s what movies are essentially about: having fun! It’s a trip down memory lane and a phenomenal throwback to the 1980’s when having fun was a way of life.
And the music – oh God! The music is so instrumental in setting up the atmosphere. Those typical synthesizer tunes that brings back sweet memories of ’80s classics like The Terminator and Blade Runner.
But why-oh-why is Kung Fury such a short movie? That’s perhaps its only flaw …
Here’s hoping this movie will inspire a whole new generation of filmmakers.
Here’s hoping Kung Fury will spawn many more comedies like these or, who knows, become a full-length feature film.
Here’s hoping David Sandberg will be granted the respect that he deserves.
Here’s hoping …
P.S.: check out the video of David Hasselhoff. Not only does he play a tiny role in the movie, but he sings the title track. And just like the movie, it’s really funny … and awesome 80’s-like!
did you know?
As director David Sandberg could only afford one police uniform, he filmed the police precinct scene by shooting each police officer separately and putting them all together in the scene later on in post-production. This means that every cop in the movie is basically wearing the same outfit over and over again.
Give it to me straight:
Kung Fury is not your typical movie. First and foremost it was made well outside the Hollywood regime by a local Swedish cinephile with a profound passion for everything 1980’s and a limited knowledge on how to actually turn a screenplay into a movie. Secondly, the movie was made through crowdfunding and because of that, is totally free to watch. Lastly, this movie is so incredibly crazy, weird and super-original that you will absolutely adore it … or at the very least … never-ever forget you watched it. Kudos to David Sandberg – writer, director and leading actor – who never stopped dreaming and now his dream has come true! His movie only lasts half an hour, but it will be loved for generations to come. It’s a fun thrill-ride from start to finish and it leaves you wanting more near the end. Maybe it’s time Hollywood started scouting for new talent instead of using the same old washed-up celebrities who care more about fame than film … there’s tons of young people out there with a fresh perspective and innovative ideas.
Give it to me short:
Kung Fury is not a movie you can watch in the cinema, nor is it something you can buy on DVD/Blu-ray. It’s a little dream project of a Swedish film fanatic that you can watch for free on Youtube. However, it’s a LOT more than just another amateur movie. It’s the very best short movie ever made by someone outside the Hollywood regime. It’s an instant-classic throwback to the 1980’s and one of the funniest and most entertaining comedies you’ll ever watch … Thank you, David Sandberg, thank you!!