Shaolin Soccer Reviews
Good solid fun! I enjoyed it alot and I would watch again because its clean fun no dirty jokes or with double meaning.
Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee whose amazing "leg of steel" catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers inspired by the big-money prize in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, it seems an unbeatable combination until they must face the dreaded Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title.
Sing: I want to say hello to my parents and my Kung Fu master, but they're all dead.
A team of former Shaolin martial artists take on Team EVIL in the ultimate showdown combining soccer and kung fu. How would this not be a good movie?
From star/writer/director Stephen Chow, basically China's Jim Carrey, this is a movie that is entertaining every time I watch it. It is almost a parody of most sports movie, but still manages to have an original story, combined with a great sense of humor, fun effects to show what happens when soccer and martial arts are mixed together, and even a sweet romance angle. It also helps that the action scenes are completely over-the-top, including the music.
Chow and a host of other funny Asian actors assemble the rag tag soccer team, challenging all comers in their soccer league, and make one hell of an entertaining and funny movie.
Sing: [after his team gets brutally beaten by Team Gangster] Why don't you stop them? They're being unlawful!
Golden Leg Fung: I'm the referee! I won't stop them!
Sing: What do you mean by that? You basically want us to die!
Golden Leg Fung: [blows his whistle] You! Out of the game!
Sing: Have you gone nuts?
Golden Leg Fung: This is a test! If none of you can pass it, then you can't play in the soccer league!
Sing: Well, this is a soccer game! This isn't a war!
Golden Leg Fung: The final soccer game is a war.
The film starts off in Black and White, allowing us to know why Golden Leg is no longer living in the world of soccer. While this plays, the film seems to be normal. But once the Black and White sequence is gone, the film turns its way into an incredibly ridiculous slapstick comedy. There is even a random dance sequence that comes at one of the most sudden moments. Usually, this short of film would be booed over due to it's extreme nonsense. Some of these films include: The Cat In The Hat, and Zookeeper. These movies are different from Shaolin Soccer because they forgot to add one thing, this is laughter. Sometimes, the films that are listed below can bring some laughs-but truly they become tiring. Thankfully, there are things that hold our interest with Shaolin Soccer, things that make us stay through the film. It is able to offer us many different topics in Comedy, topics such as: slapstick, cleverness, love, lust, crudeness, and so much more. One thing for sure is that once you begin watching this film, you will immediately know that it is highly ludicrous. But on the other hand, it is highly enjoyable as well.
*** out of 4 stars
[color=#000080]"Shaolin Soccer" starts out with a legendary soccer play Golden Leg Fung throwing a game in return for a bribe. Years later, he is a broken man in more ways than one. He encounters a Kung-Fu expert with a very powerful kick, and sees in him and his very talented, if underemployed, brothers a potentially great soccer team.[/color]
[color=#000080]"Shaolin Soccer" is a very entertaining, funny movie. Occasionaly it borders on cliche and predictability but pulls back from the edge with visual panache.[/color]