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Get ready to kick some grass!
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
If I had to choose my single favorite region's filmography, I would probably choose Asian cinema. So many Asian films (Chinese in particular) can be so over the top, and truly fun diversions from the normalities of American cinema. No other has proved to be zanier than Stephen Chow, and the two films I've seen from him have both been a joy and so much fun to watch.
Shaolin Soccer combines a genre I typically despise (sports) with a genre I typically love (martial arts) and produces a truly uniquely blended story that's never short of comedy, ridiculously over-the-top moments, and stellar martial arts sequences. I found a few moments of the film to be a bit unbelievable to be…
The work of Stephen Chow seems to be both of respect and innovation through comedy. The fact that his films of the past decade introduced Kung Fu as a discipline capable of unrealistic physical and spiritual wonders confirms his vision to be that of comedy rather than spoof, because the essence of martial arts remains there.
Incorporating that to modern settings is an idea beyond ridiculous that few studios with any sanity remnant would accept consciously, including the cheap CGI aspects which suckness is compensated almost completely by the creativity involved in something seemingly superficial, yet actually humble. Still, the film delivers what it originally set out to do, with a no-holds-barred energy and enthusiasm that so many movies are…
Of all the movies out there about football--yes, football, it should never be called soccer (what does that word even mean anyway?!)--Shaolin Soccer has to be, by far, the strangest. The brainchild of director, writer and principle star Stephen Chow, this Hong Kong piece utilises the comedic style of 'mo lei tau', which essentially translates as 'nonsensical', a translation that frankly makes sense as the humour throughout Chow's film just completely bypassed me and proves how subjective and perhaps at times nation-based comedy itself can be. Stylistically and visually it's rather unique and indeed puts an interesting spin not just on football but also the underdog tale, but Shaolin Soccer is just a little bit too off the wall, zany…
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I would watch a movie about any activity if said activity had the word "Shaolin" in front of it in the title.
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You know, I'll bet there's somebody out there who watched Shaolin Soccer and thought, "You can't do that! That's a foul!" And no, it wasn't me, I'm not that much of a football nerd! I was too busy wondering if there were any real footballers out there wondering if they could pick up some tips from the film. I'd like to see Clint Hill trying to score with an abdomen shot.
Clearly Shaolin Soccer is completely insane, even by the standards of Hong Kong action films. So much so that it ran out of steam for me by the time the big match happens in…
In defence of the film, the only version I could find was the 87 minute US version, not the 112 minute original, so I may have missed out...
...that being said, this movie is an unbearable assault of cheese, comedy, special effects and whatever the hell was going on with that woman.
I should have known better. Just look at the tagline: "Get Ready to Kick Some Grass!" Exclamation mark included. You don't kick grass in soccer. If you kick grass in soccer, you're doing it wrong.
My favorite Asian cult classic of the decade! Loads of fun. Gives the phrase "over the top" new meaning.
Goofy fun! I kick myself for not seeing this back in the high school days.
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Decided to show this to some family on netflix. Didn't realize netflix had the 20 minute shorter version with weird US songs and bad pacing. Felt sad that version exists.
pacing picked up considerably (for the better) once it got into the actual soccer part. the music and other random kung fu bits earlier were good too tho!!
Expires from Netflix at the end of the month.
My papa like this one.
I think this may be my new favorite Stephen Chow movie.
Completely bonkers and effortlessly charming.
Amazing cinematography and choreography, and its hilarious to boot.
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