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Kung Pow Enter The Fist


Pese a ello, la película ha adquirido un culto muy fuerte, que sigue suscitando una reacción muy positiva en espectadores debido a su creatividad, estilo humorístico, ingenio y su burla de películas mal traducidas de kung-fu de Hong Kong, las cuales en sí tienen su propio culto. Su valoración por los usuarios de Metacritic tiene una puntuación media de 8.8 sobre 10. Kung Pow! Enter the Fist fue un éxito financiero moderado, ganando un total de $16,994,625 en todo el mundo, con un presupuesto de $10,000,000.




Kung Pow Enter The Fist



  • A sequel, Kung Pow 2: Tongue of Fury, was due to follow; it's been in Development Hell for years, though. Steve Oedekerk has stated that he is (still) trying to find the right Hong Kong movie(s) to lift scenes from.Tropes used: Affectionate Parody: Of low budget Hong Kong Dub Kung-Fu films. The cheap special effects seen later are parodies of mockbusters.

  • Agony of the Feet: The mayor's big toe is cut off by Betty to bring him in line, causing blood to squirt out as he walks. Later on, his whole foot has been cut off.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not Whoa is actually Chosen One's mother.

  • Ambiguously Bi: The Ventriloquists."But we both swing if you know what we mean..."

  • Ambiguously Gay: Betty. A feared, skilled, powerful male kung-fu master and warlord decides to go under the alias "Betty". Then there's this line:Betty: Hey, you guys, wanna, I don't know, scam some chicks or something?...I DO like the ladies you know, I do like 'em.

  • Master Tang. He has "special needs" that seem to involve a Glove Snap, and then he gets rather aroused while sensually rubbing Ling's father's mortal wound.

  • There are also the chants that his students shout during their exercises:Crane School Students: Our! Sexual! Preferences! Are! Our! Own! Business! Crane School Students: One! Of Us! Is Wearing! A Push-Up Bra! It's Lacy! And Cute! And Loaded! With! Support!

  • Anachronism Stew: Played for Laughs. Let Ling's dad know if you see a Radio Shack. Also the car, the boombox (playing hits like MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" and Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back"), the lighter, the bowflex, Hooters, Taco Bell, the neosporin, the cellphone, the thermometer, and cans of Pringles. Mind you this all set in pre-industrial/pre-information age Imperial China.

  • And That's Terrible!: The Chosen One's description of killing as "bad" and "wrong". Eventually concluding that "killing is badong!"

  • Animal Reaction Shot: Dog gives a surprised noise when Ling takes her top off.

  • When Betty is demonstrating his ability to take blows, Dog's eyes are widened by CG.

  • Animals Hate Him: Cows and Whales hate him at least. Rodents and small burrowing creatures really like him.

  • Arc Words: The Chosen One is told at the beginning and end of the movie to "open your mouth!"

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Wimp Lo, despite being laughably incompetent. Not like he thinks so; he just never realized he'd been trained the wrong way.Wimp Lo: Face-To-Foot style, how'd ya like it?! His counterpart in the original film was also one, if not quite so stupid. His entire character centered around refusing to see any value in the hero's Tiger Fist despite his own master explicitly telling him to learn Tiger Fist while teaching him Crane Fist in return, as combining the two styles was a long-standing dream of his.

  • Balls of Steel: This is one of Master Pain's/Betty's powers. The scene where Betty demonstrates said powers (where a guy strikes Betty/Pain directly in the crotch with a pole and he doesn't even flinch) was apparently the reason why Steve Oedekerk chose that particular film to use.

  • Wimp Lo apparently thinks he has this, considering his secondary style is Nuts-to-Your-Fist.

  • And the Chosen One learns the hard way that, no, he does not have this power. At all. He might not even have balls after the test run.

  • One of the Hilarious Outtakes shows that Oedekerk himself doesn't have this power, taking one fake blow before mentioning that he really needs a cup.

  • Big Bad: Betty is the main antagonist but even he answers to the Evil Council.

  • Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: The Chosen One is subjected to The Paralyzer, and then flails his arms around wildly trying to defeat Betty.

  • Black Speech: One private meeting Betty has with the Evil Council shows the latter using undecipherable noises to communicate. This gets dropped completely once we know their true identity...

  • Blade Run: Done by the baby Chosen One during the prologue.

  • Boisterous Weakling: Wimp Lo was purposely trained wrong. As a joke. He is very smug about his "abilities."

  • Bowdlerize: The movie omits the part of "Baby Got Back" where it talks about getting sprung by the sight of a big ass; after "you other brothers can't deny", it cuts right to "cause I'm long and I'm strong and I'm down to get the friction on".

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: An intermission occurs midway through, where the characters tell the audience to go buy snacks, and Wimp Lo informs the audience of how much milk duds and his nipples look alike.

  • Whoa is the only character in the movie itself aware of the fourth wall, breaking it repeatedly.Whoa: We will meet many more times... in the sequel!

  • Master Tang is the narrator and gives comments about his own thinking in one scene.

  • Brick Break: During his training montage, the Chosen One goes to punch a board, stops inches from it, then extends his index finger. The boards explode, sending the two men behind it flying.

  • Bullet Time: Used during the cow fighting scene to parody The Matrix.

  • Butt-Monkey: Wimp Lo is the subject to almost all the misery in the movie. Master Tang says it's by design.Master Tang: I must apologize for Wimp Lo. He is an idiot. We purposely trained him wrong, as a joke.

  • Calling Your Attacks: Wimp Lo's attacks.Wimp Lo: Try "My nuts to your fist" style!

  • Betty also shouts "Paralyzer!" and "Another Paralyzer!" when attacking The Chosen One.

  • Captain Obvious: Before going into invokedthe Nut Vendor's shop, the Chosen One passes by a group of playing children. The song they're singing?Children: We're children! We're children! Also Wimp Lo: "My finger points."

  • Catchphrase: Betty gets his shirt torn several times during the film.Betty: Shirt! Ripper!

  • Character as Himself: Tonguey is credited to "Escobar Tongue."

  • Chekhov's Gun: Chosen One's ability to communicate and work with small animals in combat. During the final fight with Betty, it turns out he had a squirrel in his tunic protecting him from Betty's fatal blows.

  • The nuts that the Chosen One buys late in the film turn out to be a bribe that he promised that squirrel in exchange for the protection.

  • The Chosen One: The hero has No Name Given other than "Chosen One". As a parody, it's never actually explained who did the choosing and what he was chosen for. Only that "it will be significant".

  • The Chosen Wannabe: Wimp Lo whines that he isn't the chosen one.

  • Clothing Damage: Betty is the victim of this several times which leads to a Catchphrase: "Shirt! Ripper!"

  • A mook in the beginning of the movie has his clothing ripped into a frilly bikini. This causes Defeat by Modesty.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone in the movie. Chosen One slightly less. Comes across clearly compared with Ling and her father.

  • Constantly Lactating Cow: This is weaponized when Chosen One has to fight Moo Nieu the cow, so he ends up having to dodge milk projectiles.

  • Cool Car: The classic red convertible Chosen is seen driving during the post-opening credits montage is so cool that The Chosen One wears shades while driving it.

  • Curse Cut Short: There is pretty much no cursing in the movie as The Chosen One's main chance to is interrupted.The Chosen One: I'm gonna count to three, and if I hear one more friggin' squeak, I'm gonna take his shoes and shove 'em up his- Southern-accented Asian man: [approaching from off screen] Chosen One, Master Pain's in town!

  • Cursed with Awesome: As the Chosen One, he is mentioned to constantly come under attack throughout his life, but since he's endowed with extraordinary fighting abilities, that mostly isn't much of a problem for him.

  • Cute and Psycho: Ling is very much in love with the Chosen One, but is also no stranger to hurting him.

  • Defeat by Modesty: Chosen shreds a male attacker's clothes into a frilly bikini.

  • Department of Redundancy Department: Betty, about The Chosen One:Betty: I'll kill him. I'll kill him dead. Like with, with a, rock or something. Like a, like a stone...

  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Moo Nieu, the cow. Outside of a vague warning from Whoa to avoid the meadow, this strong foe comes right out of nowhere.

  • Dirty Old Man: Master Tang is unfazed by Ling's "shyness", wonders where his glove will go, and gives his students some embarrassing mantras to shout while practicing.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": The Chosen One's pet dog, Dog. Who is never in the same frame as The Chosen One. Ever.

  • Dying Declaration of Love: Ling says this to the Chosen One, though she does survive.

  • Enhanced on DVD: "The Chosen Edition" includes a plethora of special features: Multiple alternate audio tracks: A Creator Commentary

  • The real audio track (for both the original Tiger & Crane Fists footage which is in Mandarin Chinese and the newly inserted footage)

  • The "long-lost" book-on-tape version

  • Several alternate dubs and extended takes of various scenes

  • A deleted musical number which also includes the real audio track, in which Steve sings his adulation of Sam Donaldson.

  • The original arc after the Chosen One was captured, in which he was kept captive by an old man named Chew Fat Lip, given a tattoo indicating where his mouth is, before finally escaping using his invokedprehensile boner in a fight to the tune of "Willy Won't Go" was probably better off cut, though. Some of this was repurposed for the trailer for the sequel at the end.

  • Evil Laugh: Moo Nieu the cow lets out one after (temporarily) overpowering the Chosen One.

  • Evil Sounds Deep: The masked antagonist that Chosen One confronts early in the film has a deep, booming voice.Masked Man: OPEN... YOUR... MOUTH!!!!

  • Averted the rest of the film, Wimp Lo and Betty both have nasally, high-pitched voices.

  • Excited Show Title!: It's Kung POW! Enter the Fist.

  • Fake-Out Opening: The first minute of the movie is serious in execution, complete with the murder of Chosen One's family... and then Master Pain speaks, and the rest of the movie is ridiculously silly.

  • Fanservice Extra: There's a random bikini girl amidst the group of martial artists who are trying to kill The Chosen One at the beginning of the film.

  • Far East: There's more than a few Japanese accoutrements to this Chinese movie - Mushufasa has a pair of katanas, and the Chosen One fights a guy in a kendo suit early on. In a smaller example, while Kung Pow is based on a Hong Kong movie (so the original language was Cantonese), the Chosen One's family speak Mandarin in the first scene.

  • Filling the Silence: Parodied, when a relatively wordless fight scene between the main villain and two random guys in the original movie is turned into a more talkative fight between Betty and a pair of ventriloquists.

  • Final Boss Preview: The Chosen One has two skirmishes with Betty prior to the final duel. The second one is considerably more brutal and unequal.

  • Fluffy the Terrible: Master Pain renames himself "Betty" partway through the movie. This does not diminish his power.

  • For the Evulz: Lampshaded when the mayor tells the arriving Betty that it's a great honor for their townspeople to be randomly beaten up by his henchmen. In fact, here it's actually a downplayed example of the trope compared to its source material, since it's implied that the henchmen are making sure that none of the townspeople are the Chosen One in disguise; in Tiger and Crane Fists they really did just beat up the townspeople for the hell of it.

  • Foreshadowing: One of the Council's flying pyramids appears in the sky halfway through the movie.

  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: The Chosen One is prone to making a lot of noises while performing moves. At one point he holds one noise for so long he ruptures an artery.

  • Futuristic Pyramid: The Council have a fleet of pyramid-shaped spaceships.

  • Gag Dub: The entire premise of this film.

  • Gag Penis: A deleted scene (which the MPAA demanded be cut for a PG-13 rating) involves Chosen One fighting off a captor and his guards with his (fully clothed) erection, due to his hands still being tied. The fight is set to the song "Little Willy Won't Go Home" by Sweet.

  • Gender-Blender Name: Master Pain (a man) declares that his new name is "Betty" partway through the film. The Chosen One Lampshades it:Master Pain: From this day forward, you will all refer to me by the name 'Betty'. Ennnh, heh heheheh! The Chosen One: But! Isn't Betty a woman's name? ["Betty" whips off his jacket, clearly annoyed at the Chosen One] Mayor: Easy, easy! We don't want to lose any more toes here!

  • Glove Snap: Happening off-screen in one scene.Master Tang: Eeny meeny miney moe, I wonder where my glove will go... Wimp Lo: [winces]

  • Go for the Eye: Early in the film, Chosen One picks out the eyes of five adversaries.

  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Evil Council has a very vague plan, has a lot of firepower they can bring to bear and are clearly Betty's boss.

  • Groin Attack: One of Betty's special abilities allows him to resist shots to the groin. The Chosen One tries to see if he possesses this ability only to play the trope straight...

  • In the credits, we see an outtake of this scene.Steve Oedekerk: Oooooh! OK, I'm gonna need a cup.

  • According to the DVD commentary, this scene from Tiger & Crane Fists is what led to it being picked.

  • In a deleted scene from the final fight, the Chosen One unleashes a barrage of kicks, punches, and headbutts upon Betty's naughty bits, to absolutely no effect.

  • One of the deleted scenes features an attack with a groin as the Chosen One escapes from a torturer by beating him and his guards up with his... well... y'know.

  • Harmful to Minors: Master Pain and his minions have no qualms of trying to assassinate the Chosen One as a child, even resorting to burning down his parents' home with him in it when the baby puts up a resistance.

  • Heroic BSoD: Chosen One's inability to find a way to remove the metal spikes protecting Betty's weak points causes him to throw a major hissy fit.Chosen One: DON'T LOOK AT ME!

  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Evil Council, although their army can be seen in the "sequel" teaser, and they were planned to have been shown during the final battle.

  • Hilarious Outtakes: There are the traditional outtakes over the end credits but the DVD also has many worthwhile alternate tracks and deleted scenes.

  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied. At one point, Dog barks and lays down, at which point we hear the sound.

  • Hope Spot: Parodied; Chosen One finds that all his friends, who he thought were killed by Betty, are actually alive. He then concludes that rival Wimp Lo must be alive and goes to find him. We're not shown the results, but there are flies buzzing around and Chosen One makes a very disgusted face at whatever has happened.

  • I Know Kung-Faux: Wimp Lo thinks that being hit demonstrates proper technique of certain styles.Wimp Lo: "Face-to-Foot style", how'd ya like it? Wimp Lo: How about we try "My-nuts-to-Your-Fist?"

  • Imperial China: This is ostensibly the setting of the movie but there are Japanese references, modern American stores, French aliens and modern technology that it may as well not matter.

  • Improbable Weapon User: The Chosen One can use a pair of gophers biting a piece of fabric as a set of improvised nunchucks leading to the infamous "Gopher Chucks".

  • Inescapable Net: Spoofed. The hero is trapped in a net that isn't even big enough to cover his head.Betty: Yessss, the tiny net is a death sentence. IT'S A NET AND IT'S TINY!

  • Instant Chucks: Need chucks? Get some friendly gophers to bite on a piece of ripped shirt and you are good to go!

  • Intermission: Yep, there's one here, despite that it's only an 81-minute movie. Of course, the intermission is only about 15 seconds long. This (and Chosen One's backwards escape from the tiny net afterwards) was a last minute replacement for a scene that had to be cut in order to keep the film's PG-13 rating. That scene had Chosen One being captured and tortured, only to escape by fighting off his captor with his erect (but still clothed) penis.

  • Intimidation Demonstration: Various times, such as the "gopher-chucks" scene where The Chosen One is scaring off his opponents by twirling his gopher-chucks, much like someone would show off normal nunchucks.

  • It's Been Done: The "This is CNN" joke was already done in the Simpsons episode "Round Springfield".

  • Just a Stupid Accent: There are many accents and voices used in the movie. Very few of them are Chinese accents, if any.

  • Kick Chick: Dairy cows are female, and a good majority of the cow's moves are kicks.

  • Killed Off for Real: Wimp Lo. Played for laughs when it turns out everyone else was Not Quite Dead.Chosen One: Hey, if you're all alive, then surely Wimp Lo... Wimp! [Chosen One runs over to Wimp's off-screen body, only to hear flies buzzing around] Chosen One: ...Oh. [slowly backs away]

  • Kung-Foley: There are lots of smack and flip sound effects during the fights. Even simply waving one's arm can produce a "woosh".

  • Left the Background Music On: It gets to the point where Betty asks for background music to fight to.

  • Lemony Narrator: Master Tang provides running commentary on the movie.Master Tang: At that moment, the Chosen One learned a valuable lesson about iron claws... THEY HURT LIKE CRAP, MAN!

  • Master Tang uses the narration to express one line of in-character thought:Master Tang: OK, so here were my options - A.) Quickly duck sideways, dodge the claw, then take him out with a spinning back kick, or B.) Take the claw in the face, then roll on the ground and die. [proceeds to take claw to the face] Hmm, should've gone with A.

  • Lip Lock: Almost always ignored for humor, except when it is occasionally followed... for humor. Example:Betty: People say that I do things that are not... [pause] correct-to-do.

And in the climax, complete with a close-up on his mouth:Chosen One: And I don't like that kind of thing.note The onl


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