Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)

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Critic Consensus: A short sketch's worth of jokes stretched into a full-length feature.

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Writer, director, and star Steve Oedekerk lampoons the martial arts genre with this action spoof that digitally mixes new scenes with poorly dubbed footage from the vintage 1976 film Savage Killers. Oedekerk stars as "the Chosen One," a kung-fu prodigy even from the womb, who grows up to seek vengeance on the evil, legendary "Master Pain" (aka Betty), who murdered his parents. Along the way, he is aided in his quest by the kindly, wizened Master Tang as well as Whoa (Jennifer Tung), a karate queen with a cleavage problem. The Chosen One is also called upon to employ his unique fighting styles, including the "gopher," and faces not only Master Pain, but a gay henchman and the lethal lactation of a deadly, karate-chopping cow. Originally entitled "The Dubbed Action Movie," this broad parody saw its release delayed several times, finally reaching theaters two years after it was shot. Kung Pow! Enter the Fist co-stars Tad Horino and Philip Tan. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
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PG-13 (violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Box Office:
$15,943,478.00
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Cast

Steve Oedekerk
as Chosen One
Philip Tan
as Grilled Face Fighter
Ron Yuan
as Gang Fighter #2
Ming Lo
as Father
Simon Rhee
as Young Master Pain's Henchman
John Koyama
as Gang Fighter #4
Lau Kar Wing
as Wimp Lo
Fei Lung
as Master Pain (Betty)
Peggy Lu
as Mother
Joon B. Kim
as Henchman #2
Tad Horino
as Chew Fat Lip
Jen Sung Outerbridge
as Stick Fighter #2
Leo Lee
as Young Master Pain
Hui Lou Chen
as Master Tang
David Wald
as Gang Fighter #3
Hiro Koda
as Gang Fighter #1
Chad Stahelski
as Masked Fighter
Lung Fai
as Master Pain/Betty
Al Goto
as Stick Fighter #3
James Wing Woo
as Martial Arts Master #1
Marcus Young
as Gang Fighter with Stomach Hole
Yan Lin
as Dying Ling
Ma Chi
as Master Doe
Charles Park Chisolm
as Martial Arts Master #2
Michael Li
as Stick Fighter #1
Andrew Clement
as Puppeteer
Oscar Carrillo
as Crane Student #2
Nasty Nes
as Boom Box Henchman
Woon
as Lone Fighter
Escobar Tongue
as Tonguey
Tori Tran
as Peasant Woman
Will Leong
as Stick Fighter #4
Johnny Eusebio
as Gang Fighter #5
Elsa Cancino
as Bikini Fighter
Cary Y. Mizobe
as Martial Arts Master #3
Alejandro Olazabal
as Chosen One Baby
Paulina Guerrero
as Chosen One's Sister
Emanuel Kohakura
as Chosen One's Brother
Ivan Nakamura
as Crane Student #1
Wendy Camacho
as Ling Body Double
David Monzingo
as Puppeteer
Mu Shu Fasa
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (13)

Naturally, much fun is made of the poorly synchronized dialogue inherent in kung fu flicks, but the gag pales with repetition, especially since Billy Crystal and Robin Williams did it better years ago.

October 15, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Not since Freddy Got Fingered has a major release been so painful to sit through.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A processed comedy chop suey.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Kung Pow is Oedekerk's realization of his childhood dream to be in a martial-arts flick, and proves that sometimes the dreams of youth should remain just that.

January 28, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Full of flatulence jokes and mild sexual references, Kung Pow! is the kind of movie that's critic-proof, simply because it aims so low.

Full Review… | January 28, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The laughs are as rare as snake foo yung.

January 28, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

Pointless, uninspired and above all awful parody of great martial arts films, Kung Pow is a film that is poorly conceived and has an awful, sloppy script to work with. I laughed maybe once during the entire length of the film, and once I was finished it, I realized that this was one of the stupidest films that I had seen. The film relies on bland jokes and crappy voice over, and yeah I know that's the whole point, but still, it's terrible. Even if the over exaggeration and bad dubbing is intentional, they could have made it funnier than this. This film is just bad. Kung Pow is a sloppy parody film that is lazy, uninspired and a total waste of time. I hated this film and thought it should never have been made. I just thought it was a pointless film that offered nothing anything funny or creative for the viewer. Seeing this was boring, and the result was a mediocre film that did not deliver anything funny. The humor in the film is more irritating than anything, and it just ends up making you feel made at how pointless this whole film is. The era of great parody films is over; Hollywood should stop making trash like this as it is quite unfunny, lazy and dull. If you want a great parody film, watch Airplane! That film is a classic and a perfect example of good satire. This, this is a sad example of a bad parody film that fails on every level. Avoid this if you're considering watching it. Watching paint dry was more hilarious than this.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Really silly and kind of dumb, but the filmmaker's hearts were in the right place. It's just too bad that theiir skills are a little weak and evidence of ineptitude is obvious. They're not as bad as Ed Wood, but I think his films are a tad more entertaining. This wasn't real terrible, but I didn't laugh as much as they probably wanted me to.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is a film you either get, or don't. It's incredibly stupid and simple, but it works. To view the trailer is to watch the worst parts of the movie, parts that should have been cut out. The kung-fu cow and the woman with one breast are really out of place and distract from Oedekerk's surreal genius of simply overdubbing an existing film. Technologically it's also impressive, inserting Oedekerk into an existing film seamlessly. Kung Pow also has some great characters which are all voiced by Oedekerk. Whether it's squeaky shoes or the ventriloquists, there's plenty here to love. Let's not forget the quoteability "THAT'S A LOT OF NUTS".

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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