- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
Directed by Steve Oedekerk Produced by Steve Oedekerk
Written by Steve Oedekerk Starring Steve Oedekerk
Jimmy Wang Yu
Music by Robert Folk Cinematography John J. Connor Editing by Paul Marshal Studio O Entertainment Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release date(s) January 25, 2002 Running time 81 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $10 million Box office $16,994,625 (worldwide)
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is a 2002 American comedy film that parodies Hong Kong action cinema. Starring Steve Oedekerk, it uses and manipulates footage from the 1976 Hong Kong martial arts movie Tiger and Crane Fist (a.k.a. Savage Killers), along with new footage shot by Oedekerk, to create an original, unrelated plot.
The movie takes place in 18th-century China, and focuses on a character simply named The Chosen One, who is wandering from town to town searching for the man who killed his family on the night he was born, under orders from the mysterious Evil Council. His talent for the martial arts were already honed at his infancy, and only vastly improved over time, giving him capability for legendary fighting abilities. He soon drifts into another town, and consults Master Tang, a very ill and slightly deranged sifu, for further training. The master is skeptical at first, but when The Chosen One shows him his identifying mark (his tongue has a living face on it named Tonguey), Master Tang agrees to allow him to train at his dojo. He also introduces him to his two students: Wimp Lo, a young man who was trained wrong as a joke, and Ling, who Master Tang bluntly states will have feelings towards The Chosen One.
The Chosen One begins training showing cartoon-like feats of strength, while Wimp Lo deems him an enemy out of jealousy. Soon The Chosen One learns that Master Pain, the man who tried to kill him as a newborn, has just arrived in town, so The Chosen One goes to find him. Master Pain draws a crowd and demonstrates his powerful skill: undergoing a rigorous beating by his henchmen without flinching in the slightest, then throwing the henchman to the ground in one move. Having won the support of the town's mayor, Master Pain randomly changes his name to Betty. Soon after, The Chosen One hires people to beat him so he can gain power to best Betty, but this backfires and he is immediately knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, a mysterious woman with a single large breast flies down next to him and introduces herself as Whoa. Whoa warns him it is not his time to fight Betty, then after briefly performing martial arts playfully with The Chosen One, flies back off into the night sky.
The next day The Chosen One sets off anyway to find Betty, coming across one of Betty's evil companions: Moo Nieu, a Holstein cow gifted in karate, with a large udder that can squirt milk as a weapon. They fight in a scene parodying elements from The Matrix. The fight ends with The Chosen One milking Moo Nieu until her udder is empty, leaving her incapacitated. He ventures on further and finds Betty swinging a chain around on top of a waterfall. The Chosen One meets him, states his mission of vengeance, and prepares to fight to the death. Ling's Father suddenly arrives and tries to stop the unprepared Chosen One, but in the process gets wounded and they both get washed over the waterfall. The Chosen One takes Ling's Father to see Master Tang; it turns out they are old friends. Unfortunately Ling's Father's wound never closes properly, thanks to Tang massaging it, and he dies that night. Out of depression, Ling reveals her feelings for The Chosen One. Later in the night, he journeys out to a field and consults the heavens for confidence. Suddenly Muu-Shuu Phasa, a large sentient lion, appears in the sky and dispenses advice in a scene parodying a portion of The Lion King. He tells The Chosen One to take note of 2 different symbols, and tells him that the answer lies in the stars above.
The Chosen One returns to town and finds that Betty's hostility has expanded to the entire city, and is killing anyone who he suspects may be allies to the Chosen One, including Wimp Lo. He finds Ling, Master Tang and even his Dog are dying in the long grass, only to find they are pulling through and surviving (except for Wimp Lo, who's actually dead), despite being vitally maimed. Taking Ling and his dog to safety, The Chosen One practices fighting wooden replicas of Betty, giving up at first due to the difficulty that the pyramid spikes embedded in Betty's chest impose, but soon gets some inspiration from Ling and knows that he is ready. Meanwhile Betty, believing The Chosen One to be dead, is called in by the Evil Council, and is informed his attempts to kill him have been in vain. The Chosen One formulates a plan and goes to meet Betty at the temple. They begin fighting until the Evil Council reveal themselves to be aliens from France, giving Betty supernatural powers to beat down The Chosen One. While partially unconscious, The Chosen One has visions of Whoa and Muu-Shuu Phasa giving him advice. Muu-Shuu instructs him to open his mouth. As soon as he does, Tonguey flies out and attacks the mothership, causing the entire Evil Council armada to panic and retreat. The Chosen One flies up and rips the pyramid spikes from the now powerless Betty, killing him. As The Chosen One returns home with Ling, his tribulations are far from over. Master Tang is left behind in the long grass asking someone to help him as he notices an eagle pecking his leg.
- Jimmy Wang Yu - "The Chosen One" (replaced by Oedekerk)
- Hui Lou Chen - "Master Tang"
- Chia Yung Liu - "Wimp Lo"
- Fei Lung - "Master Pain (Betty)"
- Ling Ling Tse - "Ling"
- The guy with the stereo - "Tobias Ahlström"
- Backstage actor - "Sven Svensson"
In many scenes Jimmy Wang Yu, the lead actor in Tiger and Crane Fist, was replaced by Oedekerk via post-production chroma key techniques. Oedekerk also redubbed all of the original cast's voices himself, inventing a different silly voice for every character. The only exception is the character of "Whoa", who was voiced by her portrayer, Jennifer Tung.
DVD special features
- Deleted scenes
- Directors commentary
- Alternate audio tracks, including the "What they are really saying" track, which includes the original Chinese and the speech Oedekerk uses to parody the bad dubbing in old kung-fu movies. Another notable audio choice is 'Book on Tape' where all the lines are read by a calm British narrator.
- Alternate ending featuring Betty in a speedo singing the Kung Pow theme song.
- Making of featurette
- Tonguey featurette
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist holds an 11% 'rotten' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, the film seems to have a strong cult following, receiving positive reaction from viewers due to its camp style and silly, over-the-top humour. Its Metacritic user review page has an average score of 8.8 (out of 10). . The film was a moderate financial success, grossing a total of $16,994,625 worldwide, with a budget of $10,000,000.
At the end of the movie, a trailer was put in. It was entitled "Kung Pow 2! Tongue of Fury". However, the "trailer" is mostly made up of parts from deleted scenes. Though there were initially reports that a sequel was indeed being developed, nothing was ever released and no information has been given since about 2005.
Other films have been created from footage from one or more previous films, adding redubbed dialog, new images, or both. Examples include:
- ^ "Kung Pow! Movie Reviews". RottenTomatoes.com. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kung_pow/?name_order=asc. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
- ^ "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist - User Reviews". Metacritic.com. http://www.metacritic.com/movie/kung-pow-enter-the-fist/user-reviews. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
- Kung Pow: Enter the Fist at the Internet Movie Database
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist at AllRovi
- Kung Pow: Enter the Fist at Rotten Tomatoes
- Kung Pow: Enter the Fist at Box Office Mojo
- Kung Pow - Enter the Fist: A compositing confessional - a postmortem explanation about the effects used in the movie.
Films directed by Steve Oedekerk 1990sAce Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) · Nothing to Lose (1997) 2000sKung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002) · Barnyard (2006)
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