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Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)

Hui Lou Chen , Tad Horino , Steve Oedekerk  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hui Lou Chen, Tad Horino, Joon B. Kim, Leo Lee, Michael Li (II)
  • Directors: Steve Oedekerk
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kung Pow! Enter the Fist" on IMDb

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  • Foreign Language Clips
  • Featurette

Editorial Reviews

Writer/director Steve Oedekerk (The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls) creates an off-the-wall comedy and a new martial arts genre that substantially alters dubbed action footage from a 1970's martial arts picture with a brand new twist in the story line and altered dialogue. The story follows The Chosen One (Oedekerk) as he seeks to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the evil and seemingly indestructible kung fu legend, Master Pain.

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest March 26, 2004
Kung Pow is one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen. I've seen it more than 15 times, and I still laugh out loud every time I see it. This movie uses footage from an old 1970's Kung Fu movie and splices it together with some new footage made specially for this movie. This mishmash is then dubbed with cheesy sounding voices. It's a completely nonsensical and silly movie. You won't be able to resist laughing. Perhaps the most famous scene in this movie is when the hero happens to find a cow and this cow jumps up and challenges him to a fight. There is even milk shooting out like the bullets in The Matrix. If you have a craving for a goofy movie, this is my top recommendation. If you don't like goofy movies, then avoid it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
It's insane, and I'm not talking about the movie... yet. I've seen reviews where the person is straining their vocabulary to make their negative review of this movie sound credible and intelligent. Truthfully, reviews have to be intelligent if they are going to be negative, (the critic's reputation depends on it) but this movie doesn't deserve such spellchecking. It is stupid and wonderful and that's all that matters. Why? That's a question you almost don't need to ask. Either you like this movie or you don't, (but even if you don't you may eventually change your mind).

For the record, writer director Steve Oedekerk has taken an obscure Hong Kong movie from the 70s, digitally transferred it, and incorporated new footage of his own and redubbed the voices for some well needed comedic insanity. The result is something you don't need the IQ of say... a movie critic (*ahem*) to appreciate. Sometimes in life, things don't make sense nor do they need to. I imagine that movie critics would pee themselves if it were the case that every movie have a perfect plot and the same kind of "intellectual" comedy... but what's life without variety? The very fact that this movie, (that some even have the nerve to call the worst ever) has found a nice "cult" fanbase and is rated so highly in fan reviews is proof that movie critics sometimes collectively drop the ball on certain reviews to make themselves appear quite respectable... they should be thanking their lucky stars that they have a job at all.

The plot itself is very typical, (as far as the kung-fu master seeking revenge bit goes) although it isn't necessary to enjoy the movie.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spoofs a Genre Readily Spoofable April 25, 2002
Sometimes a movie's best charm is in perfectly hitting upon a certain relaxed pace that lets a viewer just flow with its light screwball comedy. This movie did that for me. Sometimes specific episodes seemed like they'd be tedious or boring in some movies, but this movie set its mood so precisely that they were welcome here. A movie like CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, with its dead-serious tone demanding a creedence that was certainly stretched by scenes seeming to defy gravity and other things, invites having minor fun poked at it by a spoof like this. As such this movie is timely, and that perhaps increases its charm. Should someone call this film stupid, that would be hard to refute, but if stupid, it's delightfully stupid. Maybe its success is due to being perfectly attuned in what it demands from its audience. I've seen movies that were stupid but begged to be taken seriously, and watching them can range from embarrasing to insufferable. But KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST begs only to be taken for precisely the farcical diversion that it is.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Good! January 29, 2002
Kung-Pow has got to be the stupidest movie I've ever seen.
That doesn't mean it isn't funny, though. I spent most of the 80-something minutes laughing, so how bad could it have been..?
Writer/Director Steve Oedekerk stars as "The Chosen One" (raised in a ditch by "Various Rodents..), chosen for WHAT we never learn. We Do know that the mark of The Chosen One is a bizarre face that sits on the tip of his tongue, and the the evil Master Pain, A.K.A. "Betty", wants him dead. That's pretty much it, plot-wise. The really amazing part of the movie is this: It's an old Hong-Kong action movie, with Oedekerk digitally inserted; kind of a Zelig/What's Up Tiger Lilly?/Forrest Gump mish-mash. (Stick around for the credits and you'll see scenes from the original, and see how they put Oedekerk into the action.)
The BIG problem with Kung-Pow IS Oedekerk. He looks like your next-door neighbor; not someone who should be on the big-screen. I just didn't think HE was that funny. (He DID provide EVERY VOICE-OVER for the Movie, so I guess he's funny as long as I can't see him...) The real laughs come from the other characters.
There are a lot of laughs to be had in Kung-Pow. As long as you're expecting a low-brow, lightweight film, you won't be disappointed.
And stay until after the credits; there's still one more joke....
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, in light of how it was made August 19, 2002
I understand that TIGER AND CRANE FISTS was a serious martial arts flick, and then the creator of this took that flick and dubbed it with new sound to make a comedy. Seems the video portion of the original was surprisingly adaptable for this purpose. If you thought that CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON was a cinematic gem, then you might find tinkering with martial arts films like this to be a sacrilege. But if you thought CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON was overrated, then you just might think it could stand some of the same treatment that created this present spoof. Those who like farce should find a lot of laughs in KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST. For those of us who find martial arts films to be a hit-and-miss proposition, a spoof like this can be a refreshing diversion. It had me thinking what other films I might like to see twisted this way, not necessarily with total disrespect for the originals. I thought of Jackie Chan movies, for example. I really sort of like Jackie, but surely I'm not alone in finding that plot lucidity is sometimes not the strong suit in his movies. So it got me to wondering if any of his might be given this sort of treatment and maybe even produce sometimes a movie more coherent than the original. But for that matter, why limit it to the martial arts genre? It's equally intriguing to wonder what this kind of re-dubbing might do with THE VIRGIN SUICIDES or VANILLA SKY or INSOMNIA. Maybe even WHAT DREAMS MAY COME or MEET JOE BLACK? Well, that might be asking too much.
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