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Watch The Craziest '80s-Style Action Movie You'll Ever See

'Kung Fury' film still (Photo via Facebook)
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Words can't even express how giddy we are that the Kung Fury short film is now available on YouTube. This absurd and straight-up crazy (in a good way) homage to '80s cop action movies was released online on Thursday—and it's already garnered over 3 million views.

The 30-minute action/time-travel movie premiered at Cannes Film Festival last week, and then aired last night on the El Rey Network, which is helmed by Robert Rodriguez, the director of Grindhouse and Machete. Up until now, we only had a trailer for Kung Fury that we watched over and over again.

Think of Kung Fury as a throwback to the days when Chuck Norris and Steven Segal movies reigned, when cheesy dialogue was something we warmly welcomed for laughs, and low-budget time travel movies ruled. It's perfectly edited to look like you're watching it straight off of a VHS tape, and is complemented by the '80s synthesizer tunes we'd hear back in the day. David Hasselhoff even released a music video mirroring the film's trailer in April, with his song "True Survivor" serving as the title track for the film.

The plot is ridiculous, to say the least. David Sandberg, the Swedish writer, director and star of the movie, plays the raspy-voiced Kung Fury (yes, that's also the name of the character). An El Rey Network press release succinctly summed up the storyline: "The film follows Kung Fury’s revenge after one of his friends was assassinated by the most dangerous Kung Fu master criminal of all time: Adolf Hitler, aka Kung Führer. Kung Fury travels back in time to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler, avenge his friend, and end the Nazi empire once and for all."

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Kung Fury also has a triceratops police partner named Triceracop. SNL's Jorma Taccone (one of the Lonely Island guys) plays Hilter, too. Need we say more?

When the Kung Fury trailer was released in 2013, it quickly became a viral sensation. It now has over 10.6 million views. Even Sandberg's Kickstarter campaign to fund his movie was impressive. It met its campaign goal of $200,000 in one day, and then later raised over $630,000 in the end.

This isn't the end of Kung Fury either. The filmmakers are currently working on a full-length version of the film.

Watch Kung Fury in all its glory here: