Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Comedy


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A rough-around-the-edges martial arts master seeks revenge for his parents' death.


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Director:

Steve Oedekerk

Writer:

Steve Oedekerk

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12 August 2002 | heartburnkid
Mag-nificent
I refused to see this one in the theaters, because I thought it'd be so much tripe. I had no idea how wrong I was.

I was just exposed to Kung Pow this Saturday, thanks to my brother's co-worker who lent my brother (or is that "forced my brother to borrow"?) the DVD of this flick. We watched the movie five times in two days.

I'll be quite honest; this movie simply is not for everybody. But if, like me, you grew up on badly-dubbed Hong Kong martial-arts flicks, you will LOVE this send-up of the genre. The action is top-notch (though that's more Jimmy Wang Yu's triumph than Steve Odenkirk's), the dialogue and voices are roll-on-the-floor-laughing funny, and the cliches that have haunted all aspects of action movie history, from '70s "chop-saki" flicks to modern big-budget explosionfests, are brilliantly mocked.

On the technical side, you have to marvel at how seamlessly blended together this movie was. Despite the fact that Odenkirk, Lee, and the rest of the modern cast are separated from the original "Tiger and Crane Fists" cast by 25 years and half a world, they actually convincingly interact with each other. You could actually believe that they're all there, on the same sets, acting out each scene like any other movie.

Again, this isn't for everybody, and if you aren't a fan of Hong Kong action flicks, you will not get most of the gags. But if you are, this movie is pure comedy gold.

10/10

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Trivia

To create the effect of bad dubbing, writer Steve Oedekerk wrote a script of nonsensical dialogue for the actors to say. The real dialogue was dubbed during post-production. For example, when Chosen One says, "But, isn't Betty a woman's name?" If you read his lips, he says, "But, isn't Trouble a family game?"


Quotes

Ling: He was my father my entire life, we were friends, I loved him, and now he's dead-except for his hair and nails-dead, Waaaach!...


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.


Crazy Credits

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


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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Ocean Man
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Written by
Dean Ween and Gene Ween
Performed by Ween

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Genres

Action | Comedy

Details

Release Date:

25 January 2002

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Hong Kong, Mexico, Taiwan

Filming Locations

California, USA

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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