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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Kung Fury 2

A special thank you to my good friend John Pyka (Bid Daddy Cool) for this news.

Ever learned of a sequel to a movie and thought to yourself “How the hell did I miss the original?” Well, this is one of those cases for me. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature-length Kung Fury 2 has started pre-production. Before talking about Kung Fury 2, let’s rewind back to the original.

How do I describe Kung Fury? How about a snippet of what Wiki has to say:

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, a.k.a. "Kung F├╝hrer", 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.

Scene from Kung Fury

If that doesn’t make sense to you that’s okay. Kung Fury isn’t about making sense. Released in 2015, Kung Fury is a hilarious throwback romp that's meant to capture the campy spirit of the 1980s. The decodence, and hence the dieselpunk, is with the appearance of Adolf Hitler as the “Kung Fuhrer”. The big finale fight scene in Nazi Germany is so dieselpunk, so over the top, and is so much fun.

Concerning the sequel. The Hollywood Report describes Kung Fury 2:

Co-written by Sandberg and Tyler Burton Smith, the action is set in 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. His Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. But after the tragic death of one of their members causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel through space and time to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy and defeat evil once and for all.

Did you miss the original as I did? Well good news, friend. The whole campy Kung Fury short movie is available on YouTube. You’re welcome.

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