Chosen One: But I don’t understand. Who are the evil council?
Mushufasa: The answer you seek resides in the stars above.
Chosen One: I don’t understand.
Mushufasa: Of course you don’t. I’m speaking in riddles. That’s kind of the point, like a clue, so when you figure it out you’ll say “Oh, that’s what he meant! Stars above!”
That quote up there? That’s from “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist,” which is one of the funniest, goofiest, martial arts movies ever created. It is a completely ludicrous chop-socky parody of pretty much every martial arts movie ever made with new footage inserted and dialogue re-dubbed in to a patently ridiculous comedic re-working of a 1970s martial-arts movie. It’s wacky, it’s wild and fully committed to being totally silly. This is a movie that features a fight with a cow after all.
The plot involves a highly skilled martial artist known as “the chosen one” who sets out to avenge his family’s death and faces his greatest challenges yet: a cow with a deadly udder and a warlord who insists everyone call him “Betty.” While getting from point A to point B, the film is filled with hilariously obtuse dialogue that cuts through the usual kung fu film script malarkey. Take this chat between Betty and the Mayor for example: “What exactly is the Evil Council’s plan?” “It is evil. It is so, so evil. It is a very evil, bad plan that will hurt many people that are good. I think it’s great, because it’s so bad.” ” I see. I think.” It’s “Austin Powers” meets “Once Upon A Time in China” meets “Hollywood Shuffle.” What’s not to love about that? Nothing. So spend your Sunday on the couch watching “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” and know you’re living up to your full potential.
Watch the trailer if you need further convincing:
“Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” airs on IFC on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4:15 PM ET; Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:15 PM ET; Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:15 PM ET; Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10:00 AM ET; Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:15 PM ET