KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST

Too Tasteless

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Release Date: January 25, 2002

Starring: Steve Oedekerk, Lung Fai, Leo Lee, and Jennifer Tung

Genre: Comedy/Parody

Audience: Teenagers and young adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 82 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Director: Steve Oedekerk

Executive Producer:

Producer: Steve Oedekerk, Paul Marshal and Tom Koranda

Writer: Steve Oedekerk

Address Comments To:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(PaPa, O, Ho, PC, LL, VVV, SS, N, A, M) Inconsequential pagan worldview in sometimes funny parody of mystical kung fu movies, including spoof of scene in LION KING where dead father gives advice to son with jokes about homosexuality and politically correct martial arts students chant, “Our sexual preferences are our own business”; 11 light obscenities, farting and baby urinates in man’s face during fight; extensive martial arts fighting includes punching and kicking a cow that fights back, hitting people with poles, including in the groin numerous times, spurting blood several times, man slams other man’s body against wall and leaves bloody mark where man’s head hit, bloody wounds in chests, man tries to stab infant who fights back, baby rolls down rocks, man burns down house after killing parents of baby, and implied pulling out of eyeballs; sexual humor includes woman flashes her breasts several times, silly French kissing scene, homosexual and transvestite jokes, and dog attacks man’s leg; upper male nudity, female cleavage and bare back of woman when she flashes her breasts; apparent alcohol use in brief scene; and, revenge as a major plot device.


Summary:

KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST is a comedy spoofing kung fu movies, where the hero craves revenge against the man who murdered his parents. Despite some funny moments, this movie relies on too many tasteless jokes, including jokes about violence and homosexual behavior.


Review:

KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST is a comic parody now out on video that made a quick exit at theaters earlier this year. Writer, director and star Steve Oedekerk has taken a kung fu movie from the 1970s and edited himself into a zany new story. In the story, he plays The Chosen One, a kung fu expert raised by rodents who’s out for revenge against Master Pain, the man who slaughtered his parents. Master Pain works for a mysterious gang called the Evil Council, symbolized by floating pyramids. Along the way, The Chosen One gets involved with Ling, an Oriental maiden with a speech impediment, and her father, who help him find his inner mystical power.
KUNG POW! has some funny moments, especially for those familiar with the kung fu genre. For example, as an infant, The Chosen One is able to do amazing kung fu moves and punches against Master Pain. In another scene, he uses two gophers for nunchuks. Regrettably, the movie also includes many tasteless sexual jokes, jokes about homosexual behavior and body humor. There are also too many scenes of blood spurting. The movie’s pagan worldview and occult elements are played for laughs rather than any serious theological agenda.


In Brief:

KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST is a comic parody now out on video. Writer, director and star Steve Oedekerk has taken a kung fu movie from the 1970s and edited himself into a zany new story. In the story, he plays The Chosen One, a kung fu expert raised by rodents who’s out for revenge against Master Pain, the man who slaughtered his parents. Master Pain works for a mysterious gang called the Evil Council, symbolized by floating pyramids. Along the way, The Chosen One gets involved with Ling, an Oriental maiden with a speech impediment, and her father, who help him find his inner mystical power.
KUNG POW! ENTER THE FIST has some funny moments, especially for those familiar with the kung fu genre. For example, as an infant, The Chosen One is able to do amazing kung fu moves against Master Pain. In another scene, he uses two gophers for nunchuks. Regrettably, the movie also includes many tasteless sexual jokes, jokes about homosexual behavior and body humor. There are also too many scenes of blood spurting. The movie’s pagan worldview and occult elements are played for laughs rather than any serious theological agenda