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The greatest kung fu spoof ever made: Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Updated on October 11, 2014
That expression pretty much sums it up, Master Pain.
That expression pretty much sums it up, Master Pain.

At first Kung Pow comes across as a hastily thrown together concoction of poorly executed gags, but if you give it a chance you'll realize that it's a brilliantly hilarious film with thousands of nuances that reveal themselves the more you watch.

Despite the poor reviews the film saw when it first released, it's developed quite the cult following over the years. Don't let what its detractors say fool you, this film will make you laugh. But only if you accept it for what it is, rather than what you think it should be.

And just what is Kung Pow?

At its core Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is a martial arts film spoof consisting of footage from a 70's kung fu film (Tiger and Crane Fist, AKA Savage Killers) with new footage spliced around (and sometimes right in!) it. But it's also savagely funny with its unashamedly stupid comedic style. Kung Pow is so audaciously absurd that it actually takes refuge in it, and that's where the true marvel of the film lies.

The film tells the story of The Chosen One, played by director Steve Oedekerk. As an infant, he sees his family brutally murdered at the hands of the film's antagonist (Master Pain/Evil Betty). Thanks to his natural kung fu prowess (yes, as a six month old baby) he's able to fight off Master Pain and escape into the night, where he's raised by various rodents in his appropriately tone-setting origin story.

Swearing revenge against Master Pain, The Chosen One embarks on a journey to find the man responsible for his family's murder. Along the way he falls in love with the shy-but-quick-to-flash Ling and discovers the purpose behind his unique powers.

Through the course of The Chosen One's journey you'll be treated to an endless barrage of quotable one liners, ridiculously over the top characters, and wickedly clever comedic timing. When Master Tang first introduces Wimp Lo (We purposely trained him wrong ... as a joke!) you won't really understand how his whininess and squeaky shoes are supposed to be funny, but several scenes later (right after Master Tang educates the audience on proper iron-claw-to-face-protocol) as he's running through a field shouting "Follow me ... right into my trap!" he'll have already burnt himself into your psyche as one of the greatest comic reliefs of all time.

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Wimp Lo, master of Face to Foot style, squeaky shoe connoisseur.
Wimp Lo, master of Face to Foot style, squeaky shoe connoisseur.
The Chosen One can punch out your stomach plug.
The Chosen One can punch out your stomach plug.

The greatest thing about Kung Pow is simply how rewatchable it is. Whether it's a line muttered under a character's breath, or a subtle visual gag, or an epically patient callback to a joke, it's impossible to catch them all in a single watch. Here I am almost 12 years since I originally saw the film and I can still watch it and catch things I haven't seen before, and the film remains just as fun to watch today as it's ever been.

Buy this one of a kind classic today. You're not only getting one of the greatest kung fu spoofs ever made, you'll also be joining the club of folks who truly understand what a great martial arts spoof film is, and together we'll all declare: THAT'S A LOT OF NUTS.

(Bet you thought I was going to say "WEEEEYOOOOO!")


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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Looks great I'll have to check it out!

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      Great movie, a real blast from the past!!

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      Michael Augustine 3 years ago from Arizona

      @SusanDeppner: Kung Pow: Enter the Fist seems to resonate well with the fellas. I've noticed that almost everyone I know that loves Kung Pow also loves Monty Python films.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm picturing my (grown-up) sons watching this movie. Love the picture! If they haven't seen it, I know they'd really enjoy it.