It’s been a fantastic journey for independent filmmaker, David Sandberg and his team at Laser Unicorns in the past few years, and I don’t use the word “fantastic” too loosely. His mission to conceive his latest neon-lit labor of love, Kung Fury, in its grandiose adherence to the lasting cult fandom of all things 1980’s-oriented and whimsical, hasn’t been an easy one to accomplish, and were it not for the explosively successful crowdfunding campaign that earned him and his skeleton film crew three times over their original goal, it’s safe to say that the project likely wouldn’t have picked up as much steam as it has, especially in this climate.
Save for its experimental nature, Sandberg‘s got credentials and he applied them quite well in a such a workable proof-of-concept, now accompanied with even more prominence by way of singer and actor David Hasselhoff as of earlier this month performing a high-energy kick-ass theme song for the film. Yes, to this day as Kung Fury took to the Directors’ Fortnight slot at Cannes, this project has been nothing short of a big deal with the promise of a 30-minute shortfilm release looming, as well as the prospects of a feature film production. And with regard to the shortfilm, the word from Screendaily is that Under The Milky Way has officially picked it up for VOD distribution on May 28, 2015 in to release English-language territories, along with Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, Spain and Latin America.
Sandberg, who wrote and directed the shortfilm, stars as its lead – a rogue martial arts detective forced to find his way back to present day 1980’s Miami when an attempt to time travel back to Nazi Germany and avenge his friend’s death at the hands of Adolf Hitler: Kung Führer, accidentally sends him to the Viking Age. It’s all downhill from there as our hero races against time crosses and paths with dinosaurs, Norse gods, machine gun-wielding Viking hotties, killer robots and much more – all in a visionary display of over-the-top action, martial arts and spectacle that shamelessly defies gravity and physics.
If this is your first time hearing of Kung Fury, you’re more than welcome to revisit the latest music video, and keep your eyes peeled for more info!
It’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard from independent filmmaker David Sandberg who debuted the pitch trailer for his latest project, Kung Fury, back in December. However, hopefully you have been following the project via social media where they’ve been sharing some really cool production gems, incl uding some neat Instagram nuggets you will find just under the last paragraph line.
Inspired by all the tropes of 1980’s cyberpunk action and cheesy, over-the-top storytelling, Kung Fury sees its lead character, a martial arts Rambo-stylized kung fu cop who must find a way back to the 1980’s after accidentally landing in the Viking age during a failed time-travel mission to kill Adolf Hitler. Signaling Sandberg‘s new foray into another shortfilm endeavor at the time, the trailer was accompanied by a major crowdfunding effort via Kickstarter which would soon follow with a huge overnight response from donors, making Kung Fury a huge success upon earning three-times their original goal.
Hopefully what this means is a feature film is on the way. Until that time comes, feel free to check out what’s on Instagram in the embeds below and subscribe as well, and check out the official website while you’re at it!
The blood tubes didn’t work for this take. Also I hit Steven way too hard. #kungfury #outtake
Видео опубликовано David Sandberg (@laserunicorns) авг 8, 2014 at 9:46 PDT
Roundhouse fury kick #kungfuryshooting #kungfury
A video posted by David Sandberg (@laserunicorns) on Aug 8, 2014 at 3:42pm PDT
The poster is gonna be RAD! Here’s a sneak peak. Artwork by Andreas Bennwik. #kungfury #80s #movieposter #airbrush
Ett foto publicerat av David Sandberg (@laserunicorns) Nov 11, 2014 at 9:29 PST
Another day at the office. #kungfury
Een video die is geplaatst door David Sandberg (@laserunicorns) op Dec 12, 2014 at 2:42 PST
Extra cheese please!
If you are into mullets, DeLoreans, headbands, powergloves, skateboards, synthesizer music, viking babes with machine guns and towering giants, shoulderpads, visually cheesy and epic, over-the-top violence, then you are in for the wildest dinosaur ride of your life! As of today, there are only 29 days left for actor, writer and director David Sandberg‘s kickstarter for his brand new 30-minute comedic action thriller, Kung Fury, starring Sandberg as a rogue cop who goes on a desperate mission to put an end to Adolf Hitler’s reign of kung fu terror, only to be thrown too far back in time and no choice but to find a way to complete his mission…with a little extra help.
Laser Unicorn, the geniuses behind this radical 1980’s exploitation martial arts cyberpunk action cinema spoof on fantasy karate cop movies, have already completed most of the film, and are asking to the tune of $200,000 to satisfy the intended means of its post-production so that it can fulfill donors’ perks, as well as release the film online next year…for FREE! And to accompany your interest here, Sandberg has a trailer for you to enjoy.
Visit the official Kickstarter page for Kung Fury for more info on the project and to learn how you can benefit from this retrocheesy load of kickass awesomeness.