Kung Fury is Nostalgic ’80s Action/Comedy Done Right

It’s common to hear about Kickstarter campaigns gone awry for a multitude of reasons, especially in regards to independent films. However, a year and a half after its own campaign ended, Kung Fury was finally publicly released yesterday afternoon. Kung Fury gained popularity during its funding period thanks to its dedication to an over-exaggerated ’80s aesthetic and enthusiasm you can only find by the most passionate artists.

Kung Fury could have been a mess. Many similar films sometimes focus too much on the “gimmick” and lose sight of creating an entertaining, fully-realized film in lieu of being as ridiculous as possible. Kung Fury has such moments, like a CGI T-Rex play fighting with a mecha golden eagle. However, Kung Fury is greater than the sum of its parts. Finally, a well-made Kickstarter film that actually lives up to the hype!

It’s not everyday that a Kickstarter-funded film premieres at Cannes, yet that’s what Kung Fury did earlier this month, paving the way for the next wave of indie films. There’ve been talks and discussion of adapting Kung Fury into a feature-length film, and while I don’t think the short alone would be able to sustain a 90-minute film, it would nevertheless be a great opportunity to director/actor David Sandberg and his production team.

Watch Kung Fury below and let us know what you think! If you can’t get enough from Kung Fury, you can check out the special Kung Fury-inspired video for David Hasselhoff’s “True Survivor.”

Geoff Henao

Geoff Henao is a writer/kinda photographer affiliated with the Chicago collective LOD. His interests include film, punk rock, cute girls, graphic novels, video games, and the Chicago Bulls. He's funny sometimes.

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