You've probably seen the ads for KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST by writer/director
Steve Oedekerk (ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS) and thought to yourself, it
can't be as bad as it looks. Well, I am here to report that you're right but
for the wrong reason. It's actually quite a bit worse. It could well end up
being the worst movie of 2002. It's that bad.
The Chosen One (Oedekerk) is a kung fu master who was raised by rodents. The
opening scene, when he is a baby, is so darkly lit as to be indecipherable.
It's too bad that all of the movie wasn't shot in shades of black. This is a
movie that you'll wish you hadn't seen.
The Chosen One is a lightening fast martial arts master whose fists can shred
people's clothes like a pair of scissors. One of his opponents runs away in
embarrassment after the Chosen One cuts his wardrobe down to something that
looks like a bikini.
The film has the most pathetic English dubbing that I've ever seen. Frequently
several seconds go by after a character's mouth moves before his speech comes
One of the unfunniest of the recurring sight gags comes from the Chosen One's
mouth. Inside it is something he calls "tonguey." His tongue has a face on the
front of it and its own little tongue that it sticks out at those whom it wishes
to ridicule. Like most of the film's comedy attempts, this one plays like a
Saturday Night Live skit reject.
Buy a couple of tickets to KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST and give them to your worst
enemy. And, if you accidentally find yourself at this movie, demand your money
KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST runs an extremely long 1:23. It is rated PG-13 for
"comic violence, crude and sexual humor" and would be acceptable for kids around
12 and up.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes