Film: Kung Fury

"I'm a cop, from the future!"

Kung Fury is an over-the-top action comedy Short Film written and directed by David Sandberg and funded by Kickstarter. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, Nazis, Vikings, Norse gods, mutants and a super kung-fu cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure. The film was released for free on May 28, 2015 on YouTube and Steam.

During an unfortunate series of events, Kung Fury (a Kung Fu Cowboy Cop) loses nearly his entire precinct to the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. Because of being hit by lightning and being bitten by a cobra, which would have killed any normal human, Kung Fury has become a kung fu master and a threat to Hitler's power. Kung Fury decides to travel back in time, to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all.

Here's its Kickstarter page and its trailer.

It now has a music video, featuring David Hasselhoff.

Kung Fury will be a part of the "Director's Fortnight" section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch it here. (Unless you are in Sweden, in which case watch it here.)


This film provides examples of:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: Kung Führer. Supposedly the greatest Kung Fu Master of all time but actually a Dirty Coward.
  • Affectionate Parody: It delivers all the awesome parts of the 80s... and takes them way past the point of absurdity.
  • Anachronism Stew: Done for absurd effect. The Viking Babes wield machine guns and ride dinosaurs; Barbarianna uses a minigun, while Katana wields an Uzi.
    • One particular example: When Hackerman hacks Kung Fury back in time, the code that appears on screen is clearly Java... which wasn't released to the public until 1996.
    • The arcade machine 'bot punches Kung Fury into the side of the Hubble Space Telescope. It wouldn't be in orbit until 1990.
    • The police chief remarks at one point, "I've got the mayor up my ass like a fag on Viagra!" — a drug not yet put on the market until '98.
    • When sending Kung Fury back in time, Hackerman wears a Power Glove which wasn't released until 1989 – four years after the events of the movie.
    • Thor makes a pun on the title of an MC Hammer song which wouldn't be released until 1990.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: The group breaks into hugs and friendly handshakes after the final fight, with Dinomite, Barbarianna's t-rex, delivering an important lesson about friendship and teamwork.
  • And Starring: Also starring Triceratops as Triceracop.
  • Artistic License–Biology: Somehow, the ninja master is able to cut Kung-Fury's old partner almost completely in half BUT the tongue... which is still somehow wagging.
  • Art Shift: The heaven sequence after Kung Fury dies.
  • Aside Glance: Done by Cobra when Kung Fury thinks heaven looks real, Art Shift notwithstanding.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Adolf Hitler is supposedly the greatest Kung Fu Master of all time... at least until all of his guys are dead, at which point he completely wimps out.
  • Badass Cape: The Vikings.
  • Badass Crew: Well, we have Kung Fury, ''Thor'', a t-rex, two vikings with firearms, Hackerman turned into a giant fighting robot and Triceracop, a walking, talking, half-human triceratop cop.
  • Back from the Dead: Kung Fury recovers from a machine gun-induced death thanks to Hackerman's abilities.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The vikings gunning down the Nazi troops.
  • Badass Driver: Kung Fury.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kung Fury can fight in space.
  • Big Bad: Kung Führer a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Triceracop, Hackerman, Thor, Barbarianna and Katana all show up to help Kung Fury when he's wounded in his battle with Hitler.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The scene with the Nazi officers is spoken in a weird but hilarious mix between Swedish and a few poor attempts at German that are still basically Swedish words "German-ified". See also The Cameo.
    • One of Hitlers mooks bemoans the loss of his family jewels in surprisingly good German. ("Meine Familienjuwelen!")
    • The names of the Nazi officers are Reichstache and Lahmstache, which are mixed German and English and roughly mean "Empire 'stache" and "Lame 'stache".
  • Bloody Hilarious: Two persons get their heads blown up by the Arcade Machine.
  • Body Sled: Kung Fury does this with one of the Nazi mooks.
  • Bond One-Liner: Kung Fury is just full of these.
    • "Tank you.", says Fury, after smashing two Nazis with a tank.
    • (rips off a Nazi's arms) "I'm disarming you."
    • "You don't need that spine", (tears off the Nazi's spine), "It's holding your back".
  • Bottomless Magazines: Used regularly, though Triceracop runs out of ammo once.
    • Also averted by the arcade machine's lasers. At one point it runs out of credits and raids a nearby parking meter for quarters.
  • Bullets Do Not Work That Way: Kung Führer kills Da Chief and most of the precinct by shooting through a phone he's calling Da Chief with.
  • The Cameo: Swedish comedians Magnus Betnér and Björn Gustafsson as the Nazis discussing moustaches.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Kung Fury could tell immediately that his partner was dead, after he was cut in half by the kung fu master.
    • When Kung Fury's girlfriend massages his arm, he says: "Yeah. That's my bicep."
  • Casting Gag: David Hasselhoff playing the talking car? He's familiar with that kind of role.
  • Catch Phrase:
    [Random character]: "What are you gonna do?"
    Kung Fury: "My job."
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Despite using time travel, reinforcements somehow arrive only after Kung Führer has gunned down Kung Fury.
  • The Chosen One: Kung Fury.
  • Chunky Updraft: Kung Fury does this during the animated sequence.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Hitler is a Kung-Fu master. So he conceals a minigun in his famous podium just in case any time-traveling renegade cops from the future show up.
    • Triceracop just carries a pistol; in the battle against Hitler's army he uses it to shoot Nazis in the dick and only the dick. Needless to say it's pretty effective.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: When Kung Fury is fighting Hitler's minions.
  • Cool Car: Kung Fury's Lamborghini Countach, the Viking Babe's DeLorean. Well, anything goes in a movie in which everything except for the characters and a few props is CGI.
  • Cool Pet: The Vikings have a t-rex and a giant wolf.
  • Cool Shades: Kung Fury wears sunglasses while speeding through the night in his Lamborghini.
  • Cowboy Cop: Kung Fury, although he prefers "renegade cop".
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After Triceracop incapacitates several Nazis by shooting them in the dick, one unlucky soldier tries to cover his groin with his hands. He's shot once in each shoulder, disabling his arms so his groin is exposed, is promptly shot in the dick, and to top it off gets eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Da Chief: Kung Fury's boss, complete with yelling at him for being a Destructive Savior because of pressure from the mayor.
  • Deadly Dodging: Kung Fury allows one Mook to flying-kick right over him into another mook in the Foe-Tossing Charge.
  • Dead Partner: We see the flashback in which Kung Fury's partner gets killed, and it's why he doesn't want to work with Triceracop.
  • Death Is Cheap: Kung Fury badasses himself back to life by punching out his spirit animal, Cobra. It definitely helps when you have a Hackerman on your side.
  • Destructive Savior: Kung Fury's fight with the Arcade Machine deals $50 million worth of damages, including an entire city block.
  • Deus ex Machina: Thor. Twice.
  • Diegetic Switch: Inverted at least three timesnote . In each of them, the quality of the Background Music decreases as a radio is shown, and it becomes Source Music.
  • Dirty Coward: Once his army's been wiped out, Hitler nervously tries to bargain for his life.
  • The Ditz: The man who's talking on a telephone which Hitler will steal happily announces he has done a blood test and the result is positive. (This is probably a reference to AIDS.) The woman he's talking to isn't happy to hear it.
  • Dull Surprise: Both Fury and the Barbarians.
  • E = MC Hammer: The famous formula flashes by a few times on Hackerman's screens, including in code form.
  • The '80s: Electronic music, old-school video games, fluffy hair, and David Hasselhoff.
  • Enforced Plug: When saying goodbye to the viking babes, Kung Fury also has enough time to advertise a brand new phone he just happened to have for them to use to call him...despite being on the edge of the lake in an age before electricity became a power source.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: After (temporarily) defeating Hitler, Kung Fury says he's got to do a lot of paperwork. This makes everyone laugh.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Including Hitler.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: The cop car with the cop inside explodes in a big ball of fire in mid-air after being shot by the three street gangsters. Kung Fury later sends the killer of his partner through a fuel truck with explosive results.
  • Everything Is Better With Dinosaurs:
    • Kung Fury and the Viking Babes ride a Tyrannosaurus rex.
    • Kung Fury's new partner is an anthropomorphic Triceratops named Triceracop.
    • Laser Raptors. Dinosaurs that fire Frickin' Laser Beams from their eyes. 'Nuff said.
  • Eye Beams: The Laser Raptors.
  • Female Gaze: When Thor is summoned, the camera spends some time focusing on his pecs.
    Fury: Your pecs are epic.
    Thor: Thanks, bro.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Explicitly invoked by Hitler. Unsuccessfully.
  • 555: Kung Fury's phone number is 555-4385. Call it using a revolutionary personal transportable cellular telephone.
  • Flashback: The death of Kung Fury's partner is shown again when his boss assigns him a new one.
  • Flat Character:
    • Kung Fury seems to have little to him besides a steely gaze, dedication to justice, and love of making puns while killing people.
    • The Viking babes, being there mainly for fanservice, get even less characterization.
  • Flipping the Bird: The arcade machine robot fires its lasers by doing this.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: Done by Adolf Hitler.
  • Foreshadowing
    • Thor's hammer can send people through time. Being hit by it is how Hitler ended up in the 80s.
    • After one fight, Kung Fury feels a cobra bite, and later it is revealed his spirit animal is a cobra.
  • Funny Animal: Cobra, Kung Fury's spirit animal.
  • Gangsta Style: When the three street thugs kill the cop at the beginning, the foremost one holds his gun sideways.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: All the Nazi mooks are wearing gas masks.
  • Gatling Good: Barbarianna and Kung Fuhrer.
  • Genre Throwback: To 80s Action and Kung-Fu films.
  • Gratuitous German: Well, Gratuitous Swedish In A German Accent With Some German Mixed In.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: After he disarms a Nazi mook, Kung Fury knocks the mook out with the same arm.
  • Groin Attack: Kung Fury dishes out a few, including to Kung Führer. Not only does Triceracop deal exclusively in these, you can briefly see him enthusiastically approving of the groin punch to Hitler.
  • Guns Akimbo: A "Lazor Invader" arcade machine robot wields two ray guns.
  • Hammer Time: Well, it's Thor.
  • Hard Work Montage: Hackerman sending and Kung Fury traveling back in time.
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: Hackerman.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Doesn't apply to Kung Fu Renegade Cops.
    • Or maybe it does. Word of God says that the story is a Stable Time Loop — Kung Fury's attempt to kill Hitler accidentally sends Hitler forward in time to 1985, leading to the shooting incident that inspired Kung Fury to kill Hitler.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Hackerman specializes in this. "With the right computer algorithms, I can hack you back in time, just like a time machine." Hacking can also heal bullet wounds, revive the dead, and turn himself into a robot with a laser gun.
  • Horny Vikings: The Viking chicks that Kung Fury meets once he travels back in time have horned helmets.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Kung Fury's Bond One Liners.
  • I Work Alone: Kung Fury doesn't want to work with Triceracop due to his last partner being killed by the Kung Fu master.
  • Impact Silhouette: The mook who leaves a perfect bloody swastika.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Kung Fury shoots the rampaging arcade machine from atop his Lamborghini. While it's flying through the air at high speed. From a distance of probably several hundred yards. With a pistol. WITHOUT HITTING THE HOSTAGE.
    • Triceracop shoots exclusively between the legs with great accuracy, and in case the target tries to cover himself there, he'll first disable his arms.
  • Implausible Boarding Skills: During the fight with a lot of Nazis, Kung Fury just pushes one on the ground and rides his body like a skateboard.
  • Instant Flight, Just Add Spinning: Apparently applies to dismembered limbs as well.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Kung Fury turning a dismembered arm into an impromptu helicopter rotor Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: Kung Fury tells one to the kung fu master, too bad he hadn't thought of a good punchline.
    Kung Fury: Knock knock.
    Kung fu master: Who's there?
    Kung Fury: Kno... uckles.
  • Kung-Foley: Pretty much to be expected.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything:
    • Kung Fury learned kung fu by being struck by lightning. And being bitten by a cobra.
    • Thor's lightning can open portals through time, but then Thor is a god.
  • Like a Son to Me: Inverted — Kung Fury says that his first partner is like a father to him.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Surprisingly downplayed during the film proper, but played straight in the True Survivor lyric video
  • Meaningful Echo: Dragon tells Kung Fury he's the best partner he's ever had. Later, Kung Fury says the same words to Triceracop.
  • Medium Blending: After Kung Fury is gunned down by Kung Fuhrer's hidden minigun, the scene where he is in Heaven facing his Spirit Animal Cobra is shot like a vintage 80s cartoon.
  • Meteor Move: Kung Fury defeats the kung fu master by launching him high into the air, then knocking him down into a fuel truck.
  • Mook Chivalry: Exaggerated. Fury walks into a warehouse full of literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Nazis, who proceed to come at him in penny packets for him to stylishly and easily defeat while their fellows aimlessly mill about in the background. It's not clear whether it would have actually helped, mind.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Viking Babes thanks to their Breast Plates.
  • Never Bring A Knife To A Fistfight: The kung fu master charges the newly-empowered Kung Fury with a katana but gets beaten with fists and feet.
  • Never Found the Body: When Hitler and his giant robot eagle get hammered by Thor, they accidentally get transported to Kung Fury's time. Sure enough, they're back to mess with the present again.
  • Ninja: The kung fu master responsible for killing Kung Fury's first partner.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Kung Fu Cops. Kung Fu Ninja Masters. Kung Fu Nazis. Dinosaur Cops. Laser raptors. Machine Gun Viking Babes. Robot hackers. Golden robot eagles. Need we say more?
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Parodied in the credits: "No dinosaurs were extinct in the making of this movie."
  • Non Indicative Babe: Viking babe Katana wields an Uzi.
  • Not So Different: Parodied. Kung Führer makes some not very convincing attempts at using this on Kung Fury.
    Hitler: Killing people, I love it. (gestures at the room full of dead mooks) You clearly do, too!
  • Off with His Head!: Kung Fury kicks off a Nazi mook's head, and tears another out with his bare hands.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Kung Fury's fight with the Arcade Machine skips between scenes (by means of poor VHS recording-style futzing out) to increasingly ridiculous locales, eventually ending with them in space.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Triceracop suddenly appears in Da Chief's office when called for, even though he wasn't there a moment ago. In a rare moment for this movie, a rational explanation is hinted at — the door to the Chief's office is right behind Kung Fury, and the sound of a door opening can be heard while the camera faces away from Kung Fury to allow Triceracop's 'teleportation'.
  • Oh Crap!: Hackerman lets out an "Oh no!" when the attempt to hack Kung Fury back in time to Nazi Germany goes wrong.
  • One Handed Is Cool: The three gangsters. Also, the Viking Babe with her Uzi.
  • Only in Florida: Done subtly: the only indication that the movie takes place in Florida are "Miami 1985" caption and some establishing shots of Miami, but considering the plot of the movie...
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Almost all of the dialogue in the film features heavy ADR to cover up the Swedish actors' natural inflections; naturally, this just makes it even cheesier. Per-Henrik Arvidius as the Chief and Leopold Nilsson as Hackerman, in particular, seem to be Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
  • Parody Commercial: Kung Fury's telephone advertisement in the Viking age.
  • Pec Flex: Thor shows off his epic pecs.
  • Power of Friendship: It wouldn't be a parody of The '80s without a lesson in one, delivered by a T-Rex no less.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • Just before Kung Fury destroys the killer arcade machine, he says "Game over."
    • "You don't need that spine... it's holding your back."
  • Product Placement: Parodied. Kung Fury's last scene in the Viking age turns into him shilling a "Personal, transportable, cellular telephone" that could make it possible for more and more people to have a phone in their car.
  • Protagonist Title: Kung Fury is his actual name. He legally changed it when he got Kung-Fu powers.
  • Punny Name: Averted by Thor and Hackerman. Played straight by pretty much everyone else with a name — up to and including Kung Fury's car.
  • Ramp Jump: Kung Fury in his Lamborghini.
  • Retraux / Stylistic Suck: The entire film is given a deliberate chromatic aberration effect, and simulated VHS glitches and tracking errors are sprinkled throughout. Everybody overacts intentionally.
  • Rule of Cool / Rule of Funny: The film runs on them. It starts with a gang of delinquents flipping a police car into the air with a skateboard, then blowing it up with small arms fire.
  • Rule of Seven: In Nazi Germany, Kung Fury's team consists of seven characters: Triceracop, Hackerman, Barbarianna, Katana, Thor, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and Kung Fury himself.
  • Rule of Three: The film takes place in three eras: the Viking era, Nazi Germany in the 1940s, and 1980s Miami.
  • Scenery Porn
    • The Viking scene begins with the camera panning across lakes and mountains.
    • The '80s-style "landscapes" in drawn and computer-generated-looking death and time travel scenes.
  • Sequel Hook: Hitler is still in the present day, with his robot eagle as well, which neatly sets up a possible follow-up.
  • Shout-Out:
    Kung Fury: Open the doors, HOFF.
    HOFF9000: I'm sorry, Fury, I can't let you do that.
    • When Kung Fury is arguing with HOFF9000, the red light reflected on his shades makes him look like he has a Terminator's Glowing Eyes of Doom.
    • Thor tells people to stop, Hammer Time.
    • Kung Fury's spirit animal Cobra is a gold cobra in a cape and on a flying jetski, just like Serpentor.
    • The fight scenes against the Nazi hordes are an impressive replica of Xiao Xiao 3.
    • Said fight also has Kung Fury tear the head and spine of a Nazi soldier right out of them, pretty much exactly like Sub-Zero's Fatality.
    • The way the T-Rex eats a Nazi reminds of Jurassic Park.
    • The Laser Unicorns arcade game is named after the company that produced the film.
    • The robot forms of Hackerman and the arcade game look like 1980s Transformers.
    • Hackerman wears a Power Glove in the hacking scene.
    • One of the songs in the soundtrack is named Terminathor.
    • The screech of Hitler's robot eagle, Reichsadler, coupled with guitar riffs, is straight out of the intro to Silverhawks.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Subverted and parodied with Cobra who has a lisp.
  • Spirit Advisor: Kung Fury's is a cobra.
  • Station Ident: The version of Kung Fury shown in Sweden starts with SVT 1's late 80s ident, thus confusing viewers who were watching it when first shown... on SVT 2.
  • Stock Shout-Outs: HOFF9000's lines that are variations of the phrase "I'm afraid I can't let you do that."
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Parodied. In this movie, the Nazis experiment with genetic engineering and bipedal mecha not to gain straight-up military advantage, but to gain insight into the art of kung-fu.
  • Stylistic Suck: The fight between Kung Fury and the arcade deathbot skips scenes because of "bad VHS quality". Anyone who remembers VHS tapes will recognize that horrid static anywhere. Can also count towards the intentionally bland acting.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Kung Fury's plea with Barbarianna to help him causes her to summon Thor, the God of Thunder, to help them kill Hitler and the Nazis.
  • Super Strength: Kung Fury can lift a tank by the barrel of its cannon.
  • Talking Animal: The T-Rex that follows the Viking babes to Nazi Germany can talk, but it only opens its mouth once so that it can remind the audience about the importance of teamwork.
  • Technicolor Science: A beaker full of glowing, red "Kung fu DNA".
  • Techno Babble: Hackerman's description how he can send Kung Fury back in time.
    Hackerman: Wait a minute. Using an RX modulator, I might be able to conduct a mainframe cell layer and hack the uplink to the download.
    Kung Fury: What the hell does that mean?
    Hackerman: It means that with the right computer algorithms, I can hack you back in time. Just like a time machine.
  • Technology Porn: Hackerman has desks full of computers and related equipment, which are also shown in a montage. Later in the film, there is a parody telephone commercial describing the features of the phone. Of course, these can count as parody, because most of this technology has become obsolete.
  • Techno Wizard: Hackerman. He often facilitates Kung Fury's adventures by hacking space and time itself.
  • Telephone Teleport: Hitler can shoot through a telephone.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The vortexes which work as portals through time and space.
  • Teleport Gun: Thor's hammer is able to create portals suitable for time-travelling.
  • There Was a Door: Kung Fury drives a hijacked tank through the wall of the building holding the Nazi rally.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Take a wild guess.
  • Troperiffic: Look at those sheer masses of tropes squeezed into a half-hour film. On purpose.
  • Turn in Your Badge: When Da Chief tells Kung Fury to work with Triceracop or stop working on the case, Kung Fury surrenders his badge.
    Fury: [throwing down his badge] I'm not "off the case", I quit!
  • Unflinching Walk: Kung Fury does it after blowing up the Arcade Machine.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Kung Führer's hidden minigun also guns down a few Nazi mooks.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Triceracop has a very cultured, smooth voice despite being... well, a bipedal triceratops.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Thor's chest is exposed.
  • We Can Rule Together: Hitler tries to make this offer to Kung Fury when the latter has the former cornered. You can probably guess how that went for him.
  • Wham Line: In heaven, Cobra says to Kung Fury, "You're dead!" twice. Parodied, as it's repeated and an overly dramatic echo effect is applied on both times.
  • Wimp Fight: The T-rex and robot eagle flailing their tiny limbs at each other.
  • World of Badass: Street gangsters able to catapult a police cruiser dozens of feet through the air, living arcade cabinets with laser guns, viking babes with uzis and miniguns riding on dinosaurs, velociraptors with eye lasers, Kung Fu Hitler, a badass kung fu cop, and of course David Hasselhoff.
  • World of Ham: Everybody overacts, barring the Viking babes. Even Kung Fury's underacting is overacted.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Kung Fury speculates that Kung Führer wants to kill him so he can become the new Kung Fury.