Kung Fury (2015)

Director: David Sandberg

“Sounds like somebody’s living in the past! Contemporise, man!” OK, so I’m taking the advice of that hippy character from The Simpsons and coming up to date for once—so much so, in fact, that this thing premiered at Cannes just on the 22nd of last month; it’s now handily available on Youtube (yes, for once I’m actually reviewing something I acquired legitimately from YT). I didn’t see the trailer director and star Sandberg apparently made to support the Kickstarter program that funded this amazing short (though I have seen the David Hasselhoff music video that accompanies the film and it is… well, yes, it is indeed), but it must’ve been effective; looking to raise $200,000, he actually wound up raising nearly three times that amount, which I suppose shows you just how far you can go with crowd-funding if you know what you’re doing… The film itself? 31 minutes of joy. I tend to be wary of overt “cult” films, I dislike that sort of self-consciousness in film, but Sandberg gets it right by just going for maximum balls-out ridiculousness. The premise is, it’s 1985, and Miami-based supercop Kung Fury finds Adolf Hitler, the “Kung Führer” has time-travelled from Nazi Germany into the future, meaning Kung Fury must time-travel back there to prevent him causing future havoc. Complications, obviously, ensue. Basically, Kung Fury is a riot of 80s references (including video tracking errors), right down to Hasselhoff’s closing credits song; Sandberg clearly and rightly realised that if he was going to make a film with such a silly premise then the execution needed to be completely ludicrous too, and the magnificently blatant fakeness of the CGI/green-screen stuff really sets the tone. I’m not too surprised to learn a feature-length version is in the works, although I don’t envy Sandberg having to try and maintain this sort of madness for a full 90 minutes or whatever; the 31 minutes of this short already feel like a whole feature has been compressed into them, so much is going on. Still, if he can pull off a full-length Kung Fury film anywhere near as good as the short version, I’ll be all for it…

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