Wow, I was really surprised by this movie. It is totally unique, I've never seen anything else like it. There is a very charming love story, and the effects are really cool. The idea of combining kung fu with soccer is very original.... even though it's so bizarre, you'll find yourself asking why nobody has done anything like this before. I laughed constantly throughout this movie and went out and bought it a few days after I first saw it. I would recommend it to everyone I know. This is the best Asian comedy since the heyday of Jackie Chan and "Fighting Benny"! Go see <more>
it, buy it, whatever, just make sure you do see this film.I would be surprised if there is not a sequel. This film should have been released theatrically in the US; I've heard Miramax handled it. Sorry guys you lost millions of dollars, this film would have been a smash hit. They probably just didn't think that soccer would sell in America, but word of mouth would have sold this movie very well.
What a wonderful sports film. STOP, read that line one more time. I ask you to do this because you will probably never see this again.This was a sports film, for me to say that it wasn't would be a bold faced lie. This had all the characteristics of the modern Hollywood sports film, but what made it stand out and enjoyable is that it did not take itself seriously AND it had some amazing CGI action sequences. I recently watched a film called Equilibrium where it was mentioned that it could rival the popularity of The Matrix, well I would have to say that perhaps this film, Siu lam <more>
juk kau, would probably do more in toppling the king of bullet-time cinematography than Equilibrium would. I was impressed from the beginning till the end of this movie. The characters were all animated and individual in their own way. There was time used to set them up and learn about each of them. This wasn't one of those films where you spent most of your time with one of the characters then never really got to know the rest of them you knew them all and couldn't wait to see what they were going to bring to the table next. Hong Kong has crafted a spectacular film here. They have taken the popularity of the bullet-time effect and applied it to a genre that definitely needed a face-lift. I am surprised that America wasn't the first to do this, but we are a nation that loves the standard sports film, so why change what we love. PWFSSSST. We are so lazy sometimes.Siu lam juk kau tells a spectacular story coupled with some amazing graphics to create a story about love, teamwork, and superpowers. I also enjoyed the fact that this film also tried to say that kung-fu is not an old topic, that it can and should still be used in society today. When we think of the martial arts films and physical aspect , we see them as a very old and dated genre. Well, let me be the first to say that they are coming back, and coming back with a vengeance. I enjoyed the fact that this was a revenge film. So many of our kung-fu films are revenge films, I was happy to see that this one was not far off. This film used techniques that I have not seen used in any other films. They took the old, skillful ways of the dated kung-fu film, added the work of bullet-time, and added the sports flare to it to create Siu lam juk kau. It had us laughing, it kept us based in reality, and it focused my attention to the screen for the entire film a task that no other sports film has been able to do . I think that by having your star also direct it directed and starred Stephen Chow it builds upon a sense of comfortability with the story. Chow is a master of slapstick, yet seldom overdoes the silliness, choosing carefully timed gags and meticulously mounted visual construction over slapdash comedy. The film is also no stranger to the bizarre, with Chow's multiple homages to Steven Spielberg, and a weird egg gag that I'm honestly shocked still remains the American cut of the picture.Overall, Siu lam juk kau is a amazing combination of comedy, action, romance, and dazzling soccer footage, forming an irresistible package to those looking for something they haven't seen before. We see that it is a personal story that everyone is having fun being a part of. That also helped this film the characters really wanted to be in this film and it shined like the North Star through our screen. The dubbing which seemed off a couple times only added delight to this film. Chow's Siu lam juk kau, is and will always be breathtaking.Grade: ***** out of *****
KUNG FU + SOCCER lots of laughs!!Funny funny funny. And that's coming from a non-soccer fan.Great performances here in this blend of comedy and high flying soccer action. Stephen Chow as Sing packs one hell of a kick!! His chemistry with Ng Man Tat Golden Leg is natural as it is in most of their films together. Plus, Sing's Shaolin brothers provide for a lot of comic relief!! From their soccer training to the championship game, there are really cool kung fu soccer shots, a mix of Matrix/Crouch Tiger special effects and it delivers. Oh, and Vicki Zhao literally steals this in the <more>
end you have to see it .The Bruce Lee goalie scene is priceless. This movie can definitely be watched several times with even more satisfaction!
Or: the funniest movie I've seen this decade! I was expecting a moderate little asian comedy worthy about an IMDB 7 TOPS, but at the end, I was forced to give this 9 points! See, no other comedy has actually brought me to tears laughing in recent history! Either mr. Chow is a genius or he's one lucky sonova. See, "Shaolin soccer" just happens to press all the right buttons, and in right places! In the little "relief" spots it's as dramatic as it's supposed to be, and the rest, it's big, big, BIG laughs all the way. HIGHLY recommended! P.S. If you <more>
don't like this movie, your heart must be made of stone and you have absolutely NO sense of humour. My condolences.
I liked the Miramax cut just as much, if not more. Spoilers inside!!! (by lunia)
I don't remember who recommended this movie to me, but I'm glad I watched it. I first watched the American Miramax version and LOVED it! There were some things I didn't understand, though, specifically how Miu became gorgeous which she was, even with a bald head and how Miu got into the final game.So the next night I watched the Original version hoping there might be some explanations. There weren't. The only explanation I can think of how Miu became gorgeous is that someone told her she is beautiful so she became beautiful. But how she got into the final game is still a <more>
mystery. But it is just a mere detail.Anyway, the reasons I liked the Miramax cut better were that it cut out stuff that was not integral to the movie. Such as Golden Leg admiring Mighty Steel Leg's apartment.Miramax also cut the scenes of Miu being friendly with the team and the scene in which Miu stands up to her boss. Miu standing up to her boss was a great scene and let us see more of Miu's mastery. However, the boss not firing her after that was the most unbelievable thing in this movie of fantasy. I think Miramax did good to cut the scene so the movie would make a little more sense as to why Miu still had a job before being fired for making salty and bitter buns.The Miramax cut also added special touches such as the signs being in English. "No Peeing on the Wall" looked funnier to me than Chinese characters did. Another addition to the Miramax cut that I found to be a funny moment moreso than in the Original version was the cell-phone call Iron Shirt made during the final game. In the original version he just called a girl to tell her he loved her. In the Miramax version, he poured out his heart saying I love you only to find out he was talking to a man. He then said something like, "Please tell your wife what I just told you." It was classic.Anyway, all in all, they were both very good versions. So whichever one you get to see, please see it.
Shame on europe that this movie still isn't released there (by waterhoofd25)
I've seen this movie many, many, many, many, many & many times. A friend recommended this to me and unfortunately that's still the only way people in europe know about this movie: from mouth to mouth. Absolutely one of the most brilliant comedies i've ever seen. Must see. Won't tell anything else.
Great entertainment (by Mike Astill)
Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in probably his funniest and most accessible to Western audiences, at least film to date.Sing Chow is trying to find a way to encourage his countrymen to re-embrace their Shaolin kung fu heritage. When he meets down-at-heel ex-soccer coach Fung Ng , the pair hatch a plan to form a soccer team with Sing's Shaolin brothers. Unfortunately, these guys have lost their kung fu skills. Sing resolves to help his brothers regain their dignity, then lead them into a championship showdown with the seemingly unstoppable Evil Team. He also finds time to fall <more>
in love with Tai-Chi baker Mui the usually lovely Vicki Zhao , who gets some of the funniest scenes in the movie.As a non-Chinese speaker, my experience with Chow's previous films is patchy, his wordplay humour rarely making a decent transition to subtitles. The comedy here though is mostly physical, possibly even deliberately geared more towards a Western market. The plot - however clichéd - is a pleasing tale of underdogs made good, and the movie has a definite feelgood feel and uplifting ending. Even the CG is impressive and well used. It's the most entertaining movie I've seen in ages.I was watching the Universe DVD. Subs are decent enough, without too many typos, and the 'making of' and other extras have English subs also.
One Of The Dumbest - And Funniest - Movies Ever (by ccthemovieman-1)
This has to be one of the goofiest, dumbest, strangest - and funniest - films ever made! It made sound like a cliché, but you truly have to see this movie to believe it. It's that outrageous, far-out: a slapstick film containing martial arts, supernatural power and the sport of soccer.We get the usual misfits-make good story, which is nothing new, but how it happens in unlike anything I've ever seen. I can't recall how man times I literally laughed out loud watching these ludicrous scenes. The climactic soccer game at the nd got carried away, of course, but it was still fun to <more>
watch.Earlier in the story, the bizarre dialog, odd encounters with different characters and the humor is stupid many times.....but so stupid, it's comical! I just shook my head in amazement at what I was seeing and hearing. Be prepared, as I said, for some incredible dumb things, but also for much weird but definitely entertaining stuff.Note: I watched the short "English theatrical version" which runs 89 minutes. You can also view the 112-minute Chinese version. From what I've heard, read, and witnessed, the 89- minute is sufficient. Any more of this insanity would be too much.
All movies are about other movies, but it is something else when the whole point of a movies is to make that explicit.If you just come to this superficially, you'll have fun. It bends and borrows from other genres. Some funny bits are simple and formulaic, but they are surrounded by other comic bits that derive from deep introspection and self-awareness. I'm convinced that this is among the most powerful sources of humor, and it works here.This isn't the type of reference that, say "Scary Movie" uses, where an external film is used as a sort of amusing costume. This is <more>
more like a high school girl's adoption of prepackaged persona, shifting from one to the other, investing as much of self as is available. Its no joke... which is the joke.I thought "Kung Fu" was much better at this, more natural and a bit less seamless. But where this one is superior is in how the camera participates. There are many shots in here that start out in a conventional stance: eye height, focused on an individual, and then smoothly swoop up to reveal a context. Usually there is a revolving shift associated with this, so that as the camera lifts it also shifts, revolves around some pivot which is not our original focus. Also, often the camera will temporarily settle on a larger feature in a shot, related to context.For instance, there's a shot here that starts with a face, then lifts and revolves around a group, centering in action, then moving around the city and finding a relevant billboard, then moving on. I think there are scores of these here and they very craftily underpin the basic architecture of the thing, where the transmovie context shifts.You can see this in a few scene transitions as well, which are also engineered to fit the architecture of shifting contextbeings.I'll give one example. In the future as the web matures, I expect we'll have all sorts of film- related lists with clips. Best kiss and stuff like that. Here's my suggestion for one of the most cinematically appropriate transitions ever.Steel Leg has previously put his handwritten card in a can and kicked it nearly to outer space. At the time, we wonder because the card was intended for the hapless Golden Leg. Now Steel Leg is surrounded by a gang who wants to beat him up because of his inane attempt at shaolin lounge singing. Meanwhile, Golden Leg is at his lowest, drunkenly peeing on a wall. An adjacent wall has a sign: "no peeing on the wall," which takes Golden over. He discovers a crushed can embedded in the wall and pulls it out. From the can he removes the "card" and recognizes it. At this moment the wall crumbles because of the damage by the can.It reveals Steel, surrounded by the toughs as we last left him, so that now we as the audience will watch as Golden does. We see the fight using a soccer ball, from whence the idea for kung fu soccer comes. The threatening gang joins the team. This device is an extremely clever solution to several problems: how to make the editing serve that architecture of the thing; how to fold our designated audience Golden Leg with us; how to logically introduce the notion of soccer; how to show that movie-to-movie "walls" are coming down.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.