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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.
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…
It kills me every time!
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.
With a tagline like "GET READY TO KICK SOME GRASS!" there's not much else to Stephen Chow's sports-comedy that isn't revealed in those 6 words. The plot is very basic: a young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
Stephen Chow is so endearing. His movies make you laugh but they also give you the thrill of a Chinese kung fu movie at the same time. Shaolin Soccer is hilarious and at the same time showcases Chow's maturity as a director. It takes some level of skill to create a slapstick comedy like this that isn't just people butting heads or slipping over.
Also, how can anybody…
I'm gonna start by saying this. I watched this with my younger brother and he literally said "That's not possible" 55 times during the duration of this movie.
Shoalin Soccer is about a bunch of martial artists who form a soccer team. Sounds dull and boring, but read a different synopsis, mine is bad.
Even though Shoalin Soccer is ridiculously unrealistic, it's LOL funny. Most of the movie's comedy comes from the fact that it was so unrealistic. But then again when you combine kung-fu with any other sport, it's likely gonna end up with a bunch of people laughing half to death.
Shaolin Soccer is also…
"Shaolin Soccer". There are movie titles which express exactly what the movie will be like. This is one of them.
The word "Shaolin" promises either a) a spiritual atmosphere communicated through steady but impressive pictures and dialogues of teaching between wise men and young students or b) an action packed martial arts fighting movie with breathtaking stunts, unbelievable techniques and a gripping but clichéd storyline. And for sure some fancy cinematography.
The word "Soccer" on the other hand is most likely in the title of sports movies, which often have some kind of mousey team that wins triumphantly in the end. Or it doesn't win but conveys at the very least a message like: “Follow Your Heart”, “Overcome Your Own…
As far as absurd comedies go, Siu lam juk kau could easily rank as one of the craziest and most ridiculous ever made because it gets to the point where it might as well provoke someone a headache because of how exaggerated it was in almost every little moment. However, it was fun to watch but for some reason I did not like it that much.
Rewatching this with only a hazy memory of the movie made me realize why I've watched Kung Fu Hustle numerous times but Shaolin Soccer only once. It was definitely a lesser effort where one could see Stephen Chow working up to the blend of Chinese and Western story telling which he loves to do.
Enjoyable but twice is probably once more than I needed to see it. Mea culpa.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Shaolin Soccer is a masterstroke in Stephen Chow's already impressive catalogue of films that demands to be seen by everyone.
A comedy that focuses on relentlessly cheesy lowbrow gags and an abundance of unbelievable over-the-top Matrix influenced CGI effects. However this is really the only kind of film where gags about character stereotypes and people kicking the ball so hard that it burns the goalkeeper's uniform off would be appropriate! And the film commits to diving so deep into its zaniness that it manages to endear itself, and re-present the done to death sports movie underdog team cliches in an amusing way.
Probably the only football movie I would ever recommend, because of its total lack of ties to any reality!
One of the daftest movies ever made.
Το μουντιάλ τέλειωσε, τα πρωταθλήματα έχουν κανά μήνα να ξεκινήσουν,ας δούμε λοιπόν εν τω μεταξύ Shaolin Soccer για να γελάσωμεν.
Stephen Chow's slapstick Kung Fu comedy sports movie is strange but appealing. It looks older than it's thirteen years with dodgy effects/CGI. This would work against other films but here it gives a retro appeal and adds to it's charm. It's not a great film but it is an enjoyable couple of hours. 5/10.
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