“Kung Fury” is finally here, and it’s as ridiculously awesome as you’d expect.
The crowdfunded short film about a time-traveling cop on a quest to kill Adolf Hitler was released on YouTube on Thursday to the delight of the legions who turned the movie’s 2013 trailer into a viral sensation.
The result is exactly what that trailer promised: an homage to ’80s cop flicks and martial arts films, right down to a dialogue packed with groan-worthy one-liners.
Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg, who also wrote the film, stars as the title character. He becomes a kung fu legend after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra. On his journey to fight the Kung Führer, he encounters a cop with a triceratops head (aptly named Triceracop), Viking warrior women named Barbarianna and Katana, a laser-raptor, Thor and more.
And watch for the best fight scene you’ll ever see between a T-Rex and a Nazi robot-eagle.
The film even features a theme song and music video by 80s icon David Hasselhoff, which you can check out below.
The viral trailer for “Kung Fury” helped Sandberg raise over $ 600,000 from more than 17,000 backers on Kickstarter. The final production contains hundreds of wild visual effects created by VFX house Fido using Autodesk Maya 3D animation software.
Despite its humble origins, the film made its debut earlier this month at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and production is expected to get under way soon on a feature-length “Kung Fury” film.
“It’s going to be a clean slate, loosely based on the same story,” Sandberg told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “But it’s going to have a lot of new elements, and you’ll get to know the characters more and go more in depth and go even more crazy.”
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