OK, yes, Old Han Solo and Chewie are back on the millennium falcon and Old Luke is leaving lightsabers and force powers left and right – it’s great that us older nerds are finally getting the Star Wars sequels we’ve been yearning for since we were kids. But there’s another great trailer and music video combo that got lost among all the wookie hugging: kung fury. And because Ars editor-in-chief Eric Bangeman took Friday off, I can write about it. can I write about everything I want.
Filmed piecemeal over two years by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and funded primarily by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $600,000, kung fury is set in one of the most idealized and beautiful visions of the 1980s ever filmed digitally: synth beats fill the hot Miami nights, denim and power gloves abound, and a renegade kung fu operative named Kung Fury goes too far.
After handing in his gun and badge, Kung Fury has only one thing left to do: go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler, the “Kung Führer”, the baddest kung fu villain of all time. But even though Fury has the help of a nut-perfect computer geek from the 1980s, he goes too far back in time, to an era when Vikings and T-rexes roamed the land.
While the trailer was originally released in late 2013 to coincide with the project’s Kickstarter, the first official music video for the short, “True Survivor,” was released yesterday, featuring iconic ’80s icon David Hasselhoff powerballing his way. by a slick minor rock tune that I want to appropriate so I can overlay it over my own backyard kung fu videotapes to make a truly righteous training montage.
According to the official kung fury site, the short is “pretty much finished,” and the makers are still finalizing all the logistics of its release. Kung Furys The nut-perfect 1980s vibe took a huge amount of work from the creators, with the official site explaining that the finished 30-minute film features 394 visual effects shots (a number more typical of a two-hour Hollywood production). ). The plan is to release the film for free online between May 22nd and 29th, so grab your minigun and your dino carriage and strap on your headband, because Hitler is going pay.
That has to be the coolest line I’ve ever written for Ars. Eric should take a day off more often!