I believe it's important, when embroiled in the quotidian tasks of an average day in the life of an adult, to keep an eye on your inner child - keep 'em entertained. Because there are few things as overtly powerful as indulging in something utterly awesome, as you did when you were a kid.
Just something that made you pull a simple and wide eyed "wow."
Recent Kickstarter funded short film Kung Fury had that exact effect on me, helped no doubt by the fact that I'm a child of the '80s and hold its neon tainted, plasticky cheesy glory so very close to my chest. It truly is a joy to behold.
Enter The Drachen
Directed by David Sandberg, Kung Fury aced its crowdfunding by hitting $630,000, surpassing its $200,000 goal. The result is a completely over the top Swedish action extravaganza, which combines time travel, kung fu, Vikings, Nazis, hilarious vocal overdubs, buddy cop movie tropes, computer hacking, and killer arcade cabinets, to create, possibly, the best and most insane homage to '80s action I've ever seen.
Check the synopsis and you'll see what I mean:
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.
After applying the finishing touches to this beauty, Sandberg and co released the 30-minute-long final version across the realms of the internet for free! Now that's a pretty sweet move by this kung fu renegade cop.
Fists of Führer
Seriously though, enough of my chatter and wrap your eyes around Kung Fury. Not literally though, I don't want to be liable for any distress:
Small hint: make sure to watch with the captions on, because they're so, so good...
It's funny, silly and infinitely gifable, so guess what's coming next...
I don't want to give too much away, because there are some comedic treats in this film, but here's a few snippets of the goodness:
Renegade Future Cop
After Hitler manages to hilariously wipe out half of Kung Fury's precinct, the cop sets out on a time traveling plan of action, to take down the evils of the kung fu worshipping dictator.
He receives additional aid from the most powerful hacker in the world...
...And this is legit what time travel looks like.
Welcome to Asgard
Yes, you read correctly, Asgard. Kung Fury travels too far back in time and ends up recruiting a pair of lady viking badasses (Barbarianna & Katana) to help him on his journey...
Oh and Kung Fury is aided by none other than the God of Thunder along the way...
Eventually Kung Fury descends upon the terrifying might of his adversary and a vast sea of enemies...
...Which culminates in a battle that will pass into legend...
And there's where I'll call it quits with the gifs for today, but seriously you have to watch Kung Fury. It's like seeing Streets of Rage in action for the first time, or when you first saw Tron or The Terminator and were wowed by their ground-breaking and raw special and visual effects.
Just plain awesome. I'm so happy this is in the world.