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Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

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

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Chosen One (voice)
Fei Lung ...
Master Pain (Betty) (archive footage)
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Young Master Pain (archive footage)
Ling-Ling Hsieh ...
Ling (archive footage)
Lin Yan ...
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Wimp Lo (archive footage) (as Lau Kar Wing)
Hui Lou Chen ...
Master Tang (archive footage)
Chi Ma ...
Master Doe (archive footage)
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Tad Horino ...
Tori Tran ...
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Henchman #2
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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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Rated PG-13 for comic violence, crude and sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,017,474 (USA) (27 January 2002)

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$16,033,556 (USA) (14 April 2002)
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Trivia

Released 25 years after the original film Shao Lin hu ho chen tien hsia (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Master Pain first appears in town to demonstrate his skill, he is wearing his robe while following the mayor. In the next shot, he doesn't have the robe on (a shot where he rips it off was filmed, but omitted). See more »

Quotes

Ling: Please, stop. Wimp Lo sucks as a fighter, a child could beat him.
Chosen One: Well, I'm gonna count to three, and if I hear one more friggin' squeak, I'm gonna take his shoes, and shove em' up his...
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Outtakes from the film (some real, some faked) play through the first couple minutes of the credits. See more »

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Spoofs Black & White (2001) See more »

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U Can't Touch This
Written by M.C. Hammer (as Kirk Burrell), Rick James and Alonzo Miller
Performed by M.C. Hammer (as MC Hammer)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Thought provoking and tense drama...
20 December 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Only kidding :) Kung Pow is in a league of its own in terms of calibre. It's a slapstick 'chop socky' martial arts comedy full of silliness and ridiculous dialogue. Its vehicle is that it uses old footage of kung fu films such as Enter the Dragan and overlays its modern content onto them. Plus add intentionally bad dubbing and you have a movie which never for a second tries to be subtle, ingenious, or intelligent.

Kung Pow is absolutely, 100% absurdity and it uses this to its fullest extent.

The plot, if that's what you'd call it, is a mocking of just about every martial arts classic which has a 'wrong fella decides to wreak revenge on the nasty sorts who ruined his life' style story.

Steve Oedekerk is 'The Chosen One' whose mission it is to get revenge on the bad folk in as amusing a way as he possibly can. Master Pain is his nemesis and the bad man directly responsible for the unspeakable acts against his family.

The rest of the movie is purposefully disjointed and has no continuity half the time, but a masterclass in editing is not the point of this exercise. This is simply ridiculous fun, and assuming you switch off your brain completely and wreck any remaining braincells, you will be quite entertained.

As for how funny it is, well, that's quite subjective. Many of the gags are clearly forced and milked (No pun intended (You'll understand that one if you see it)) for all they're worth. However, many *do* work and provide belly laughs. Sure, you'll not have tears rolling down your cheeks but if you're willing to stoop to the dumb level the movie demands of you, you *will* be at least amused.

One thing the movie makes particularly good use of is special effects, with some more than decent CG animation complimenting a number of scenes. Aside from this, the technical merits of the movie are pretty decent, in that the interpolation of old footage and new footage is actually rather seamless and you'll not spot it a lot of the time, except where you're supposed to.

As The Chosen One, Oedekerk seems to have a great time. It's a daft movie, so he indulges in stupidity as a matter of cause, and it works reasonably well. It's always easier to enjoy a film if it appears the actors are enjoying making it.

Overall, leave your brain at the door and do not expect high brow laughs or Jackie Chan style action and you'll probably get something out of this.


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