What can I say, I love the '80s. Despite being born in 1992, I still have a strong affinity towards the popular culture of the decade that preceded my birth.

I indulge in splatter movies that were a burgeoning genre in the '80s, I'm partial to genres of metal that were prominent in the '80s such as New Wave of British Heavy Metal and hair metal, when I listen to pop I make it the likes of A-Ha, Michael Jackson and Phil Collins, my regular outfits include battle jackets that wouldn't make me look out of place in the crowd of a metal show in the '80s save for a few patches of bands that didn't exist yet back then... And with recent bands like Steel Panther, Santa Cruz, Reckless Love, Crashdïet and Hardcore Superstar among others paying homage to the hair and sleaze metal that dominated the '80s, not to mention synthwave groups like Gunship clearly drawing inspiration from the '80s into their brand of pop music, it's a good time for those with a love for the '80s. Not a love for the politics or technology, per say - I still wanna enjoy modern comforts like the Internet - but for an overall cultural aesthetic.


Streetfighter vs. Dance Dance Revolution.


And nothing in recent memory that I can think of is more pleasing to fans of the '80s than the short film Kung Fury. With over 22 million views garnered on YouTube, you may very well have heard of this masterpiece. If not, I'll give you the skinny. Kung Fury is a 31-minute short film from Sweden which was crowdfunded via Kickstarter and premiered in May of 2015. The film centers around a kung-fu cop named Kung Fury, who travels back in time to defeat the evil kung-fu master Adolf Hitler, aka Kung Führer. And really, what else do you need to know? Is it an absurd concept? Sure. But is it totally awesome? Totally, dude! Throw in some dinosaurs, robots, and vikings, and you've got yourself one amazingly entertaining and unendingly funny short film.

Not only does the film focus on the essentials by loading up its half-hour runtime with joke after joke each funnier than the last, but it's also aesthetically and stylistically a love letter of sorts to the '80s. The film dates its present as Miami in 1985. Phones are still gigantic bricks, arcades are still prominent, people walk around on the streets with boomboxes with cassette tapes in them, time travel harnesses the power of the Power Glove... it's the '80s, albeit an insane warped version of it where arcade games go on murderous rampages and taking out the person on the other end of the line during a phone call is easily managed by simply shooting into the phone. Don't try to bring logic into this - the film is set in 1985 and yet it includes the Power Glove which to my knowledge didn't even come out until 1989.


Take all my money.


Alongside general aesthetic choices, such as having a grainy picture quality and having the film skip like it was recorded on a VHS tape at times, Kung Fury also makes good use of the '80s as a source of inspiration by filling itself up with references to existing properties of the time. The time travel effects, lightning and all, echo The Terminator, whereas David Hasselhoff makes a cameo in the film voicing a talking car named the Hoff 9000 - a reference to his role as Michael Knight in the show Knight Rider where he drove a talking car named KITT. Of course the 9000 part and the Hoff's lines are also a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey - a film from the late '60s - but that's neither here nor there.

The film is still appropriately jam-packed with references to all things '80s more than anything else. Hasselhoff also performs the film's theme song True Survivor - a synth-pop track that would not be out of place in the end credits of an actual '80s action movie. The song is so good in fact that upon hearing it and seeing its music video - before even seeing Kung Fury itself - I went and bought the song on iTunes. How many times I've managed to listen to it on my iPod while out and about, not to mention at home, I couldn't tell you.


David Hasselhoff, of course.


So if you're someone who thinks they would enjoy an over-the-top comedic action short film, see Kung Fury. And if you're someone who lives and breathes all things '80s, or are someone with a strong affinity for the decade, like yours truly, then there is no reason for you not to see it. And then see it again, because once is just not enough. We desperately need more. And you know, the film does end on a cliffhanger after all... Kung Fury 2, anyone?


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