Kung Fury: 80’s Action Movie Incarnate

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Kung Fury is really a love note to 80s action movies. Much of the cyberpunk ascetic comes from this period and is well represented here. Kung Fury really only has cyberpunk elements for the record. Most people who enjoy cyberpunk will find something here to enjoy however. There is a Tron homage in the beginning, as an arcade machine comes to life to wreak havok upon the world. And Hackerman is a homage to hackers of 80s media who almost seemed to have magical powers. Hackerman literally hacks time, and hacks away bullet wounds for example. The full length film is now available for your enjoyment completely free of charge.


The film’s plot is basically that a 80s cop becomes a Kung Fu ‘chosen one’ who can master the lost art of Kung Fury. In an attempt to stop Hitler he goes back in time with the help of Hackerman to kill Hitler. Accidentally going to far back in time, Kung Fury (the cop) meets a curious mix of viking women with futuristic weaponry who ride dinosaurs. They take Kung Fury to Thor who transports him to the actual time of Hitler where he is eventually defeated.

To further drive home the 80’s feel, the creators collaborated with David Hasselhoff to create a music video for the movie’s theme song True Survivor.

Part of the marketing campaign for the movie involved a tutorial by Hackerman on how to hack time. This video ends with Hackerman being transported in time and created a meme for fans to put Hackerman in different venues of time. The reddit is fun to peruse. My favorite finds Hackerman in the original Fallout game.

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If your 80’s fix is not yet quite met, then you can also download and play the 80’s styled arcade game, which channels games like Double Dragon.

Kung Fury really went out of it’s way to embrace the silliness of 80’s action movies that were dominated by gratuitous action, martial arts, dinosaurs, and sometime oddly inaccurate fantasy. Much of the movie almost seems inspired by old Rock music covers as well channeling the music of the time. They really covered their bases when embracing the gestalt of the 80’s action movie.

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Veritas is a cyberpunk and writer who enjoys all aspects of the cyberpunk genre and subculture. He also journeys deeply into the recesses of the dissonance exploring his nihilistic existence. If you'd like to contact Isaac L. Wheeler (Veritas), the founder and editor-in-chief of Neon Dystopia, you can do so here: ilwheeler.founder@neondystopia.com
  1. Kung Fury was an amazing satirical ode to the 80s action genre.
    I didn’t know there was a Streets of Rage version of this. Gotta find that.

  2. I loved Kung Fury. You can play the game on Android for free. I think it was $2 on Steam. It’s pretty fun.

  3. It became viral because everyone feels nostalgia of the 80s

  4. It’s true, Kung Fury went viral because of 80s nostalgia. This same nostalgia is fueling the resurgence of cyberpunk media across the board. This is of course not the only factor. It also has to do with the fact we are now living in the cyberpunk future.

  5. Kung Fury was quite deliberately bad, in the so bad it’s awesome way. All the elements are there and make sense if you know all the stuff they’re referencing –some have said the short film is like a Trapper Keeper cover come to life and that’s a great way to describe it. My only issue is I can’t quite tell at times if it’s an affectionate parody or a little more cynical. Sometimes the humor is just a little too harsh with the “this is really stupid” tone, and it works best when they keep to the loving but silly homage side of things.

    It really is amazing work though and hits pretty much every cliche of the era dead-on. I would love to see this crew make more stuff, they have the talent.


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