There isn’t much I can say in this intro that could properly prepare you for what you’re about to witness in this trailer for Kung Fury It is a level of awesomeness that surpasses such trivial things like coherent sentences and descriptive nouns. So let me instead just give you a list of the things you can see in this movie: Reneagade cops, car chases, explosions – and here’s where it ups its game -arcade game cabinet robots, giant Nordic gods, viking ladies packing uzi’s while riding dinosaurs and Hitler being a kung fu badass!
During an unfortunate series of events a friend of Kung Fury is assassinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. 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. Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy that has it’s foundation in 80s cop movies.
I’ll just give you a minute to clean up the gooey mess behind you as a result of your mind being blown by all that craziness… All good? Cool. Kung Fury is the work of David Sandberg, a fledgling film maker with a love of 80’s cop movies and a background in visual effects. He made what you’ve seen so far along with a crew of friends and volunteers, but unfortunately, he needs some cash to finish the rest as most of the remaining scenes requires extensive CGI work, and has thus put this project up on Kickstarter.
Did I say he needs some cash? I meant he needed some cash, as at last count he had not only reached his $200,000 target but had surpassed it handily, already sitting on approximately $458, 000! And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer/weirder/awesome-er movie!
Here’s an excerpt from the film’s Kickstarter page explaining its origins and Sandberg’s plans.
Even tough the film takes place in 1980s Miami, the whole film has been shot in Sweden and Norway. David Sandberg started this project over a year ago. Driven by a strong will, love for the 80s and action movies to create a unique movie. He took $5000 of his own money that he put it into the project and started shooting whenever he and his friends had time. This has taken him to a finished trailer and enough material to create a 30 minute long film that he hopes to expand into a full feature film.
Kung Fury takes place in a variety of exotic locations; 1980s Miami, Asgard and Germany in the 1940s, to name a few. With a limited budget to work with and the fact that most of the film was shot in Umeå, Sweden, most of the scenes were shot against a greenscreen backdrop. Which meant that all the environments had to be recreated digitally. The advantage of shooting on greenscreen is that it doesn’t require expensive sets or locations to shoot, it is very simple and only requires a small crew, which helped a lot in keeping the costs down. However, once you’re done shooting a movie like this, there’s a massive postproduction phase that requires a lot of time and effort by talented visual effects artists.
At the start of this project, David did all of the visual effects himself. As the project has grown he’s been getting some help from friends at times and also an intern who’s been working closely with David for the past 3 months.This film was shot entirely on the Canon 5d, with the exception of the slow-mo scenes which were shot with the Sony FS700.
David has now teamed up with Academy Award nominated producer Mathias Fjellström who share Davids’ love for the 80s’. A kickstarter campaign was recently launched for the movie. If successful, the 30 minute film will be released for free online in 6 months.
Those 6 months can’t come quick enough, as I can’t wait to see more Kung Fury!
Last Updated: January 7, 2014