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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…
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…
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…
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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.
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.
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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…
Completely self-aware and it works brilliantly. My only regret was watching it on DVD, missing out on 10 mins of footage.
This is a great movie. I've seen it a lot of times and I still find myself laughing at various scenes.
As a massive fan of Stephen Chow I'm probably a little biased but I love this film which is why I own it! It is laugh-out-load funny & as a martial artist myself the references to many martial arts are excellent as they are in Chow's 'Kung Fu Hustle' (2004) which along with Shaolin Soccer are his finest pieces!
I enjoyed this very much and laughed very hard on a few occasions, but I'm still not convinced that it's a very realistic portrayal of the sport.
finally finished this one, every time I see a Stephen Chow film I think the same thing, wow, this is how I want all filmmakers to use CGI, this movie only cost 10 million and its so much fun, this has definitely got me revved up for The Mermaid
This was going to be 5* but the last half hour or so was pretty much devoid of laughs or excitement. The first 2/3 were hilarious and brilliantly inventive though
If more films were like this the world would be a better place.
If only football were this much fun in real life
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