I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
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…
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…
I want to say hello to my parents and my Kung Fu master, but they're all dead.
A bunch of Stephen Chow films have been dropped into the splendor that is NetFlix streaming giving me an excuse to finally watch Shaolin Soccer, which I hadn't seen yet despite the fact that I've loved Kung Fu Hustle for years now.
There is no other description necessary other then "live action cartoon". That goes for it's action, plot and film logic. It is a damn glorious thing to experience.
For someone who absolutely loved Kung Fu Hustle when it was released, it took me an awful long time to catch up with Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer. While it's no Hustle, its not hard to see the growing roots.
There is something about the comedic effect of exaggerated martial arts that is extremely enjoyable.
Pocos directores me divierten más que Stephen Chow, quien básicamente dirige caricaturas en ‘live-action’. “Shaolin Soccer” contiene todos sus elementos característicos, como el héroe ingenuo pero valiente, la chica de baja autoestima pero con gran potencial, el villano unidimensional y largas secuencias donde los personajes rompen con las leyes de la física (en este caso, en el campo de futbol).
“Shaolin Soccer” es de esas cintas que exigen un gusto particular por la exageración y el ‘kitsch’ pero el entusiasmo y la energía que crea Chow ciertamente es contagiosa (su mejor película todavía es la gloriosa “Kung Fu Hustle”).
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Task #12 : a movie about your favorite sport.
I dont even know.. what.. did i just watch...
Very wacky, quite funny, a bit weird.
Even worse when I saw it for the first time. But the battlefront scene still makes me laugh and that deserves this awful picture an extra half a star.
Oh how fun this is. You got really over the top Kung Fu stuff mixed with soccer and it's a perfect blend. It's similar to Kung Fu Hustle (which is a brilliant movie also), so you can expect tons of silly jokes and really funny acting (in a great way). Oh how I love this one...
Shaolin Soccer is 2001 Hong Kong action comedy Kung Fu football film. As can be expected by such a “genre” definition, it is an immensely silly film, but it is also oddly entertaining. At least the first half or so is very amusing. In the second half, the film loses much of its momentum. The final football match, the dramatic highpoint of the film, feels somewhat anticlimactic as we have already seen all the tricks and special effects earlier in the film. But I laughed out loud often during the first half.
Did anyone else noticed some parallels with seven samurai.
>There are seven of them
>Each team member has their own specialty.
>The "bad guys" are all dressed in black.
>Both teams have a clear leader.
>There is an epic showdown at the end.
>The good guys win despite losing some members.
Chow's "Shaolin Soccer" is a fun film. Cinema is great for showcasing people in movement.
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