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Kung Phooey!
Kung Phooey
Actors: Jones Chan, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Wallace Choy, Karena Davis, Colman Domingo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
R     2004     1hr 27min

Art Chew is the star martial arts pupil of China's ancient Shur-Li Temple. His sensi, Master Card, sends him on a quest to retrieve a magical peach that holds the secret to eternal youth. Art travels to America to recover ...  more »

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Actors: Jones Chan, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Wallace Choy, Karena Davis, Colman Domingo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/20/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Rated R?!?????
Micheal Hunt | Hellbourne | 08/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Kung Phooey is a slap stick comedy poking campy humour and parody at kung fu movies and the series Kung Fu.

Art Choo (thats his name, not a sneeze) has come from the Shirley Temple of China all the way to his releatives in America to seek an ancient peach that contains powers of youth. But his new nemises Sue She is also looking for the peach, along with her two side kicks, the big guy, Wun Tonne and the little guy Loe Fat. Art teams up with a Chinease/American who trys to be American over Chinease, and an African American, Leroy (Roy Lee) who want's to be Bruce Lee but has no skills.

The movie is fun, pokes fun at Chinease stereo types (by the Chinease!) kung fu movies and is sure to get a laugh out of fans of this kind of thing. The cover says it's like Austin Powers, not really, but in some ways it is. AP pokes fun at Bond movies, this one pokes fun at Kung Fu movies.

Overall, it's worth a rent at least. It's a funny and entertaining independent film that will be up there in my collection along side movies like, Kung Pow, American Ninja and even Airplane, Naked Guns, Hot Shots ect...

The thing I dont understand is why this film in America has an R rating? It's 12 in UK, PG or M Australian, and G Canada... yet an R in America? It has no swearing, no nudity, no sexual content thats inapropriot for kids. I really think it's a PG 13 movie.... and no, it's not voilent and there is no blood or gore.

Actually made me laugh out loud!
Cheryl Bradford | Omaha, Nebraska | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I rented this because my husband is a big fan of martial arts movies. I thought he'd like something that spoofed that whole genre. "Kung Phooey!" definitely fit the bill and had me laughing right along with him! It looked surprisingly well done for a low budget independent. Other martial arts parodies we've seen really show the fact they're low budget since they were done using a camcorder.

While "Kung Phooey!" poked fun at martial arts movies in general it was also a poke at stereotypes of Asian people in movies. Everyone spoke perfect English. Everyone that is except for villain "Helen Hu" who 'spoke English with a Chinese accent' and "Uncle Wong" who spoke with an accent since that's what it said in the script!

No idea why it got an "R" rating since we didn't see any kind of nudity, gory violence, or hear anyone swear. Not even once! After the first viewing we sat down and watched "Kung Phooey!" with our children and they got a kick out of it too, no pun intended.

All in all I'd say "Kung Phooey!" is very charming and funny with a sly sense of wit with egg rolls.

This film is like a banana, it has appeal.
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 07/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh my goodness, what a hoot. With the physical comedy of the Three Stooges, and sight gags from any Airplane! or Naked Gun movie, Kung Phooey is an independent triumph. It's all here folks, sure it's not as good as Kung Pow, but I don't think it has to be. This movie didn't have the budget or wizardry.

Art Chu (Bless you!!) is on a quest to San Fransisco to find the stolen 'Ancient Peach', the real Fountain of Youth. He is a Ninja Priest from the Shir-Le Temple. With the help of his cousin, LeRoy (dat's Roy Lee sucka!), Sue Shi, and the Stereotype Chinaman, our hero fights the evil doers who wish to keep the peach for themselves.

The brilliance of this film is the imagination. Independent films must rely on superb writing, acting, and wit to succeed when money is an object. Kunp Phooey succeeds on all levels. It has great gags, a decent story, and is well directed. You'll have chuckles here and there with straight up 'laugh out louds' mixed in for good measure. If you are weary of all the homemade indie films that are flooding the DVD market, fear not. This was not shot with a camcorder.
Gary Forester | 07/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I must say that after seeing "Kung Pow" I wasn't expecting much from "Kung Phooey!" But this comedy "spoof" had me laughing out loud in parts and I liked that the jokes are on different levels: Some skewer Hollywood sterotypes, others, martial arts movies and actors. I can't understand the "R" rating, since there's no nudity, foul language or gory violence - if anything, it's just plain silly in parts. The kids even thought it was funny.
Don't expect big budget effects from this independent effort, but there's a laugh in there for everyone. Great entertainment!"