Kung Fury is a 2015 Swedish martial arts sci-fi monster comedy gore short film written, directed by, and starring David Sandberg.
The film was crowdfunded through Kickstarter with pledges exceeding the original target goal of $200,000, but falling short of the feature film goal of $1 million.
Receiving huge plaudits at the Cannes festival, and with over 21 million YouTube views and world sales via VOD, Sandberg is now working on a full-length feature film version, provisionally titled Kung Fury II: The Movie, for release in 2018.
Sometime in the early 1980s, Miami-Dade Police Department detective Kung Fury and his partner Dragon apprehend a red ninja in a back alley, but Dragon is sliced in half by the ninja while Kung Fury is suddenly struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra, giving him extraordinary kung fu powers that enable him to defeat his foe.
Years later in 1985, after defeating a rogue arcade machine robot, Kung Fury quits the force when he is assigned to partner with Triceracop, fearing that he would lose another partner in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler, aka “Kung Führer”, enters the timeline and remotely guns down the police chief and attacks the precinct through a mobile phone. Intent to avenge the chief, Kung Fury has computer whiz Hackerman send him back in time to kill Hitler in Nazi Germany.
A glitch in the system, however, sends him back into the Viking Age. After Kung Fury meets the Viking valkyries Barbarianna and Katana, the Norse god Thor sends him to Nazi Germany for him to finish his job.
Upon his arrival, Kung Fury singlehandedly mows down hundreds of Nazi soldiers with his kung fu skills, but is gunned down by Hitler using a Gatling gun from inside his podium. Suddenly, Thor, Hackerman, Triceracop, the Viking Babes, and a tyrannosaurus hack into the timeline and kill the rest of the Nazi army while the tyrannosaurus squares off against Hitler’s robot Reichsadler…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“What do you get when you combine kung fu, dinosaurs, ninjas, hackers, vikings, Nazis, time travel, cops, super powers, explosions, and David Hasselhoff? The best movie ever, of course.” Melissa Locker, Vanity Fair
“Loaded with in-jokes and insane special effects, Kung Fury represents Swedish superfan’s hilarious homage to the best (and worst) of ’80s action movies.” Peter Debruge, Variety
” … good god, it’s bloody well brilliant. After years of online ‘sensations’ that have tended to over promise and under deliver, Kung Fury shows up and blows the f*cking doors off.” Todd Brown, Twitch