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Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  25 January 2002 (USA)
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A rough-around-the-edges martial arts master seeks revenge for his parent's death.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chosen One (voice)
Fei Lung ...
Master Pain (Betty) (archive footage)
Young Master Pain (archive footage)
Ling-Ling Hsieh ...
Ling (archive footage)
Lin Yan ...
Chia Yung Liu ...
Wimp Lo (archive footage) (as Lau Kar Wing)
Hui Lou Chen ...
Master Tang (archive footage)
Chi Ma ...
Master Doe (archive footage)
Tad Horino ...
Tori Tran ...
Young Master Pain's Henchman
Henchman #2


Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is a movie within a movie, created to spoof the martial arts genre. Writer/director Steve Oedekerk uses contemporary characters and splices them into a 1970s kung-fu film, weaving the new and old together. As the main character, The Chosen One, Oedekerk sets off to avenge the deaths of his parents at the hands of kung-fu legend Master Pain. Along the way, he encounters some strange characters, one of which is a cow trained in the martial arts. Written by kem

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Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic violence, crude and sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,017,474 (USA) (25 January 2002)


$16,033,556 (USA) (12 April 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "intermission" that appears following the tiny net scene was a last-minute invention by Oedekerk, after a lengthy interrogation and escape scene was cut from the film. The music heard during the faux-intermission is actually recycled bumper music from steve.oedekerk.com (1997). See more »


When the baby is rolling down the hill, several segments are shown multiple times, including where the baby throws its shoe after hitting a rock, which is shown twice. Some other segments are shown 3 or 4 times. See more »


Wimp Lo: Leap that wall, if you're so great!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits end Master Tang is shown lying on the ground with his leg being pecked at by a bird. He starts to complain and tries to shoo the bird away. See more »


Referenced in Meet the Spartans (2008) See more »


Mom's Lifestyle Newsreel
Written by Curtis S.D. MacDonald (as Curt MacDonald)
Performed by Fresh Music
Courtesy of Fresh Music
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I liked it.
11 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have watched my fair share of dubbed foreign movies in my time. I have also seen a lot of subtitled movies. I prefer subtitled because with dubbing I always felt that sometimes the people dubbing the movie were leaving stuff out or changing what the characters said just to fit their mouths. Here we have a guy who not only changes what they say to a ridiculous degree, he also added himself to the flick. This movie is actually an old martial arts movie. The dubbing has been changed though and some new scenes were added. I found this movie very hilarious. Though it is probably just me, as this one didn't score very well. I don't care though cause it just worked for me. I usually find with comedies though that I prefer the obscure stuff to the more mainstream hits that usually show all the highlights in the trailers. The weakest parts of this one are the scenes that were added to the movie while the best stuff is when the main character interjects himself into the movie or adds things to the original movie. Though none of it to me was particularly weak. You may want to read other reviews though as this is not a comedy for every one.

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