Friday, January 05, 2007

Kung Faux


An excerpt from 'Ill Master', the first episode Kung Faux

Kung Faux just started in Finland, being an American TV series cannibalizing old Hong Kong kung-fu movies and dubbing to them a new dialogue of typical American hip-hop vernacular and music (plus additional split screens and animated "Biff! Bang! Pow!" comic book effects of the 60s original Batman show). This sort of idea of creating comedy spoofs of existing material by adding new dialogue is nothing new in itself: Woody Allen already had that in What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), where a "serious" Japanese spy movie was "remixed" to some comical effects. Well, as a "postmodern" gimmick Kung Faux seems to be interesting, deriving a lot of its appeal also from the fact that American hip-hop culture (and related club music -- just see J. Saul Kane) has always been influenced by Hong Kong's kung-fu genre -- acts like Wu-Tang Clan being among some of the biggest proponents -- so the connection already exists, but I don't really know about the lasting joke value of this one...

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