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Kung Phooey! (2003)

 -  Comedy  -  24 October 2003 (UK)
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The chosen one from China's mystical Shur-Li Temple embarks on a hilarious quest in this high-kicking spoof of kung-fu films from director Darryl Fong. The champion fighter, Art Chew (... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Art Chew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Hu (as Joyce Thi Brew)
Jones Chan ...
Master Lok
Wallace Choy ...
Uncle Wong
Karena Davis ...
Sue Shee
Roy Lee
Connie Chung Kim ...
Kung Fu Fighter
Jake Lai ...
Ray Lee ...
Gang Leader
Young Helen
Shannon Orrock ...
Mrs. Herb
White ninja
Fred Salvallon ...
One Ton


The chosen one from China's mystical Shur-Li Temple embarks on a hilarious quest in this high-kicking spoof of kung-fu films from director Darryl Fong. The champion fighter, Art Chew (Michael Chow Man-Kin), is sent to America by his master on a mission to find a mystical peach that holds the power of eternal life. Assisted by a distant cousin, his best friend, Roy Lee (Colman Domingo), and the comely Sue Shee (Karena Davis), Art travels to the U.S. and must outwit the evil Helen Hu (Joyce Brew) and her henchment in order to complete his mission and earn the eternal respect of his wise, bald Masters. Kung Phooey is Bruce Lee meets Naked Gun in an outrageous spoof with martial arts action and knock-out laughter for the whole family! Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some crude language | See all certifications »


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Waymon: We'd like to see Helen Yeh.
Hong Kong movie actor: [dubbed over mouthing: "Get fucked!"] Who?
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Include outtakes additional to this title's deleted scenes on DVD which relate to Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. See more »


Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Ethnic humor for Asians
13 March 2003 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Despite the title, Kung Phooey! is really not so much a spoof targeting kung-fu movies as it is a spoof on cultural stereotypes of Asian Americans, particularly Asian-American males. It does take shots at the kung-fu film genre, but it is limited by its budget, and the action scenes, while well-executed considering the limitations, are few and far between. While Kung Phooey! hits a few of the obvious bases in its parodies of martial-arts films, it mostly spoofs them in ways that purposefully examine how they inform popular conceptions of Asians. While the film seeks to hide its social satire within its media/pop culture parodies, its social satire is far too unsubtle to stay below the surface. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since spoofs like this aren't about subtlety anyway, and this cultural perspective is the strongest thing Kung Phooey! has going for it. Besides, it's nice to see a film that has a message of ethnic pride but doesn't use it as an excuse to get overly serious and self-important--and parody is the perfect genre for achieving this. The message is made quite clear, but it never hits you over the head in that obnoxious, self-righteous kind of way.

As a kung-fu spoof, the film is a bit lacking, but taken as a satirical response to media portrayals of Asian Americans, it's much stronger. Some jokes play better than others, but overall, it's a satisfying ride--especially for Asian-American audiences who have been thinking these things for a long time, and can now see them acknowledged on screen.

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