|Format||Hip-Hop Kung-Fu Art-Mashup Musical Action Comedy Series|
|Created by||Michael Mic Neumann|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||26 min|
|Original channel||Starz (TV channel) Fuse|
Kung Faux is a critically acclaimed action comedy television series and audio visual art assemblage created by postmodern revisionist Michael Mic Neumann that remixes classic kung fu movies with popular music, comic book style editing with video game style special effects, and new storylines with voice-overs dubbed by contemporary art stars, hip hop personalities, and pop culture icons.
Kung Faux "revisionist Mic Neumann has an offering worthy of the Postmodernism canon, alongside Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend and Luis Buñuel's Chien Andalou.", reported Steve Johnston of The Film Cynics. Rashaun Hall of Billboard Magazine considered the mix of vintage kung-fu film footage, voice-overs with rappers, comic book style special effects, and a hip-hop soundtrack to be "a high-flying, hilarious send-up of the kung-fu genre." Evan Serpick, editor of Entertainment Weekly said the first two episodes of Kung Faux "are filled with hysterical and clever infusions". The Orlando Sentinel's Matthew Mark said "Kung Faux is a work of Postmodernism that would make Jacques Derrida's head spin." UK Muzik editor Conor W. McNicholas included Kung Faux in the magazine's Special Edition "Hot 50" issue, calling it "Comedy Gold" and Beth Accomando of KPBS (TV) said Kung Faux is "Hilarious, Fresh and Inspired."
Kung Faux can be seen and heard through a multitude of media art forms and collectible merchandise around the world, with notable visuals, music and voice-over work performed by the likes of hip-hop artists De La Soul, Guru, Masta Ace and Queen Latifah, while other Kung Faux artists and performers range from underground to legendary, and classic to contemporary, including Lord Sear, Aida Ruilova, Kagan McLeod, Nathan Fox, Melyssa Ford, The Sucklord, Dave Kinsey, Yuko Shimizu (illustrator), KAWS (artist), Steve Powers (artist), Crazy Legs (dancer), Prince Paul (producer), Elephant Man (musician), Information Society (band), Above the Law (group), Paris (rapper), Afrika Bambaataa, Biz Markie, FannyPack, Dimitri from Paris, Jean Grae, Mr. Len, Roc Raida, Sadat X, Fatman Scoop, Grooverider, Jocelyn Enriquez, Craig Wedren, Ron van Clief, Harold Hunter, Force MDs, Stetsasonic, Jonzun Crew and Naughty by Nature.
In 2003, Kung Faux first aired nationally in the United States as part of the inaugural launch of the Fuse music television network in the USA, a subsidiary of Rainbow Media's AMC Networks, and the first volume of the Kung Faux collection was released commercially in that same year by Dubtiled Entertainment and Tommy Boy Films in partnership with the legendary Tommy Boy Records label and its founder Tom Silverman, along with a Special Edition art toy from the Kung Faux line of Action Figgaz titled "Break Boy", which was licensed by Art Asylum and created for their collectable line of Minimates.
In 2004, the Bravo network optioned the Kung Faux television rights for Great Britain, and Acclaim Entertainment optioned the Kung Faux video game rights for developer Blue Shift to produce before Acclaim Games ultimately filed for bankruptcy and reverted their option.
In 2005, Kung Faux debuted on the Bravo (UK TV channel) network in conjunction with the release of a limited edition capsule line of clothing and accessories by Scratch Distribution for the United Kingdom, and in that same year Starz (TV channel) debuted Kung Faux on its network in the United States when the channel started to introduce unique programming to compete with rival pay TV services HBO and Showtime (TV channel).
In 2006, Kung Faux collaborated with the artist duo composed of Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse known as Gnarls Barkley on a short film which aired heavily in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and around the world on the Channel V networks owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, fully owned subsidiaries of News Corporation.
In 2009, the Kung Faux series debuted in Australia on the XYZnetworks operated Channel V Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Foxtel, before migrating to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network, as well as Italy's GXT network, who debuted a Remixed version of Kung Faux with the artist Eminem.
In 2010, the Hollywood filmmaker Brett Ratner known for such films as The Family Man, Red Dragon, the Rush Hour series, and X-Men: The Last Stand, edited an English version of the Bollywood film Kites, headlining Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori, using a comprehensive Remix formula originated by the international Kung Faux television series.
In 2011, Kung Faux debuted in Sub-Saharan Africa on the Sony MAX network, a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Television (South Africa), where it was described as a "Boundary-Busting Action Comedy Series".
In 2012, the Kung Faux releases were prominently compared to the year's Universal Pictures theatrical release of the film titled The Man with the Iron Fists from hip-hop legend RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, co-writer/producer Eli Roth, and Presenter Quentin Tarantino, in a review by eFilmCritic.com's Rob Gonsalves, who went on to say, "The Man with the Iron Fists leaves me feeling the same way the Grindhouse (film) did, and Hot Fuzz too. - What's missing, I think, is passion - not passion for old movies, which this movie and Grindhouse have in abundance, but passion in general. For all its bloodletting and crazy action, the movie never really cuts loose. RZA never risks the excesses that sometimes made old chop-socky funny, and that Kung Faux lampooned so effectively." Gonsalves concluded, "Kung Faux wasn't the first time I was aware of the large African-American fandom devoted to chop-socky movies, but it sure was the funniest."
In 2013, Kung Faux officially released a promotional soundtrack album featuring a collection of songs from Tommy Boy Records artist, and G-funk pioneers, Above the Law (group); Compiled by Kung Faux series Creator, Producer and Director, Michael Mic Neumann.
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