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|Directed by||David Sandberg|
|Written by||David Sandberg|
|Narrated by||Adrian Ciprian|
Kung Fury is an upcoming Swedish martial arts comedy film written and directed by, and starring David Sandberg. It is an homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films. The film was crowdfunded through Kickstarter with pledges reaching US$630,019, exceeding the original target goal of US$200,000, but falling short of the feature film goal of US$1 million.
Miami-Dade Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. "Kung Führer", and avenge his friend's death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age. With the help of a female Viking and the Norse God Thor, Kung Fury continues his time travels in order to put an end to the Third Reich once and for all.
- David Sandberg as Kung Fury
- Joanna Häggblom as Viking Babe
- Leopold Nilsson as Hacker Man
- Andreas Cahling as Thor
- Per-Henrik Arvidius as Chief
- Magnus Betnér
- Björn Gustafsson
- Adrian Ciprian as the Narrator
David Sandberg is a Swedish filmmaker with years of experience in directing television commercials and music videos. In 2012, he quit the commercial directing business and focused on writing a script for an action comedy film set in the 1980s, inspired by action films of that era. Sandberg initially spent US$5,000 on producing and shooting footage with his friends; most of which became the first trailer.
In December 2013, Sandberg opened a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the production of the film. The initial goal was to raise US$200,000 to produce a 30-minute version of the film and stream it online for free. A second goal was added with the target set to US$1 million to rewrite the story into a full-length feature and a possible distribution deal. Most of the raw footage over green screen has been filmed using a Canon EOS 5D and a Sony FS700, but additional funding is required for post-production.
The Kickstarter project ended on January 25, 2014 with US$630,019 pledged by 17,713 backers.
Working on a very limited budget, Sandberg shot the majority of the film at his office in Umeå, Sweden, using digital effects to replicate the streets of Miami. As he could only afford one police uniform, he filmed the police precinct scene by shooting each extra separately and compositing them in the scene.
On July 30, 2014, Sandberg announced that he and his crew have begun filming new footage, with the 30 backers who pledged to be in the film as extras. Filming will also be done in Stockholm for additional scenes and stunts.
On September 17, 2014, Sandberg announced that Kung Fury will see an early 2015 release date.
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