A spoof of the martial arts genre that melds borrowed footage from the little known 1976 Hong Kong karate flick "Savage Killers" with new footage featuring the film's writer/director, Steve Oedekerk, as a heroic figure out to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the evil and seemingly indestructible kung fu legend, Master Pain.
To imagine the life of Harry Potter as a martial arts adventure told by a lobotomized Woody Allen is to have some idea of the fate that lies in store for moviegoers lured to the mediocrity that is "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist." Like some Frankenstein's monster of filmmaking, this scattershot stab at comedy has been stitched together by its star and director, Steve Oedekerk, mainly from an obscure 1976 karate film, "Tiger and Crane Fists," with new dialogue and sound dubbed over the original. – Lawrence Van Gelder
2002-01-26 | Lawrence Van Gelder | Read the New York Times Review of Kung Pow: Enter the Fist