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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.

Director:

Steve Oedekerk

Writer:

Steve Oedekerk
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Oedekerk ... Chosen One
Fei Lung ... Master Pain (Betty) (archive footage) (as Lung Fai)
Leo Lee ... Young Master Pain
Ling-Ling Hsieh Ling-Ling Hsieh ... Ling (archive footage) (as Tse Ling Ling)
Lin Yan Lin Yan ... Dying Ling (as Yan Lin)
Chia Yung Liu ... Wimp Lo (archive footage) (as Lau Kar Wing)
Hui Lou Chen ... Master Tang (archive footage) (as Chen Hui Lou)
Chi Ma ... Master Doe (archive footage) (as Ma Chi)
Jennifer Tung ... Whoa
Escobar Tongue Escobar Tongue ... Tonguey (credit only)
Ming Lo ... Father
Peggy Lu ... Mother
Tad Horino ... Chew Fat Lip
Tori Tran Tori Tran ... Peasant Woman
Simon Rhee ... Young Master Pain's Henchman
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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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Une Parodie Au Pays Du Kung Fu. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

As Mu-Shu Fasa disappears, he says, "This is CNN..." James Earl Jones is the voice that says this famous line on the CNN television channel, as well as the voice of Mufasa in The Lion King (1994) (of which Mu-Shu Fasa is an obvious parody). See more »

Goofs

When the Chosen One talks to his friends while they're wounded in the field, he has a tattoo saying "Mouth" with an arrow on his right cheek. The tattoo is given to him by an old man in a deleted torture scene, and can't be seen in any other scenes in the film. See more »

Quotes

[the Chosen One is preparing to fight Master Betty. A man comes up to him]
Master Doe: Wait! You are not ready!
Chosen One: Who are you?
Master Doe: Ling's father! Wee-Ohh Wee-Ohh Wee-Ohh-Wee!
Chosen One: Oh, dear.
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Crazy Credits

Mu Shu Fasa (The computer-generated lion) is credited as himself. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD shows several deleted/alternate scenes. Among these are:
  • A musical number by Chosen One
  • The Evil Betty singing a song based on his "owl and bungee cord" joke
  • The Evil Betty searching for two characters hidden within a bell
  • A sequence where after being captured in the tiny net, Chosen One is taken back to Betty's lair and tortured by an old master. The torture includes being given a tattoo on his face of the word "Mouth" and an arrow pointing to his mouth. Chosen manages to escape in a battle sequence where he performs kung fu with his only free appendage (his arms and legs are bound and he is male so figure it out). After his escape he is comforted by the mono-breasted Whoa, who magically removes the tattoo.
  • All of the new footage was shot with the actors saying nonsense lines (often discussions of pies and pastries), then re-dubbed with the final dialogue so that what is heard would never match lip movements. The DVD contains the option to view the entire movie with this original audio track.
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Connections

References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

From Rusholme with Love
Contains elements of "Acka Raga" from the Album "Indo-Jazz Fusions"
Written by Neil Claxton, Chris Baker and John Mayer
Performed by Mint Royale
Courtesy of Faith and Hope Records/MCA Records
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Thought provoking and tense drama...
20 December 2004 | by Danny_G13See 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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Language:

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,017,474, 27 January 2002

Gross USA:

$16,037,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,994,625
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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