Generally regarded as the greatest film ever made, Steve Oedenkerk’s (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) Kung Pow! Enter the Fist was a massive success and has been enjoyed by countless millions since its release in 2002.
If you are one of the lucky few aware of Kung Pow!, you know that the description I just gave was a complete fabrication. Honestly, I was hoping to bait some people into commenting out of pure rage, as I’d then know that they never read the actual article. C’mon, it’s Monday. Oedenkerk’s parody utilizes the actual 1977 Kung-Fu film Tiger and Crane as it’s basis to create a parody of the genre. Though it sometimes drags, the parody is actually pretty effective and has some memorable moments. Also, the film wasn’t a complete bust. Although Kung Pow! would be panned by critics, but it did eventually make some money and has become a minor cult classic. Writer/Director Steve Oedenkerk would even go on to write the smash-hit Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey. He also wrote a few shorts parodying popular films with thumb characters. Yeah, remember those? This film isn’t an obvious choice for the column, and that’s actually why I picked it. Kung Pow! may have underwhelmed at the box office, but it was released in the heyday of DVD, and thus has an exorbitant amount of features. Want to watch deleted scenes? You can. Want to watch all the trailers and commercials? Go right ahead. Want to watch a making of? I mean, yeah, maybe if you really liked it. Want to watch the film with the original dialogue in the scenes that weren’t completely re-shot? Not really, but hey, I’m sure someone did. The point is that Kung Pow! is a truly bizarre film that, out of sheer timing, has more supplementary material than many blockbusters today. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s weird and though you may not be able to experience it with the brain a teenage boy as I did, the sophomoric humor may charm you regardless. I can’t act like it is my favorite film, even in my top twenty, but I find myself referring to it quite a bit.
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist with its features is only available on DVD and is out of print so the new prices tend to be a bit unreasonable. That said, you can pick it up used pretty cheap or skip the features and go straight to film on Digital.