A bumbling martial artist embarks on a hilarious quest in this high-kicking spoof of kung-fu films from director Darryl Fong. The champion fighter of China's mystical Shur-Li Temple, Art Chew (Michael Chow Man-Kin), is sent to America by his master on a mission to find a mystical peach that holds the power of eternal life. Assisted by his best friend, Roy Lee (Colman Domingo), and the comely Sue Shee (Karena Davis), Art travels to the U.S. in hopes of completing his mission and earning the eternal respect of his wise Master Card (John Shin). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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I am a Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area so I am not unlike the writer/director of this film. Kung Phooey is filled with many Chinese-American stereotypes as well as inside jokes that only asian americans will get. Hence reviewers like Nancy C. (I'm assuming you are not Chinese-American) won't understand and naturally will be offended. I really liked this film, despite it's budget appearance, I thought the characters were likeable, funny, and the writing to be very entertaining (in a cheap sense). There are numerous Bruce Lee quotes and references which always make for entertaining flashbacks. I hope others take a flyer on this film (especially if you are asian american) because it is really funny.
People like Nancy C. are really annoying. If you're going to make the effort to write a review, at least share some meaningful information about it - whether you like it or not. It's encouraging to know that for every one of these, there's also a Steven Q. out there who will write an intelligent rebuttal. As the filmmaker, I can't offer you any objective opinion, but I would encourage you to make your own decisions, based on the kinds of films you enjoy. After all, films are for entertainment, and we aren't all going to find the same films entertaining - but that's what makes the world go around. I will say that there are plenty of jokes in there that non-Asian audiences get as well, so don't let that deter you, either. Audiences from 9 to 69 years-old have enjoyed this spoof from Houston to Hawaii. (Nancy C. didn't get the first joke because she's probably never heard of "Citizen Kane!") Thanks for looking!
If you're looking for a "Harold and Kumar" type of movie, this isn't it. It's low budget and amateurish. And for a comedy, it was funny only in a few spots and silly and not funny everywhere else. However, there was one bright spot. Even though she didn't play the main character, Joyce Thi Brew carried this film. If not for the way Joyce perfectly played the evil Helen Hu character, this movie would have had little more to offer than a school play. Perhaps as a sign of positive social progress, the stereotypes in this film seemed unfounded, dated and offensive. The audio is in stereo. As for extras, there's a trailer for the movie, a "Deleted Scenes" feature (8:44 min) containing five scenes, a "Behind The Scenes" feature (19:00 min), a "Director's Commentary", a "Cast Bios" option displaying filmographies for the director and four of the actors and trailers for four other movies. Not recommended, except to check out Joyce Thi Brew's performance.