They came to play soccer…. we mean ‘football’! In this episode of the Movie Chain podcast we review the martial arts comedy, Shaolin Soccer, from director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle).
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Shaolin Soccer minimalist poster – Chung Kong Art
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A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. Starring Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-fei Wong & Man Tat Ng
Its World Cup time! So we have a topical pick for movie night this week: Shaolin Soccer, which is directed by and starring Stephen Chow as a kung fu master who applies his martial arts skills to football as he recruits his siblings to win the national cup.
The film is an over the top mix of football and kung fu with a lot of comedy.
We’re gonna have to let the fact that it says “Soccer” slide. I guess they went for alliteration to sound cool. The blend of martial art moves in a football setting really works well. The interactions between the brothers and the always-needed-in-a-sports-movie montage are great. I can’t overstate how funny the comedy is to me. Don’t be off-put by the fact it is in another language. There is also a English dubbed version (but i prefer the subbed version).
Have fun watching this and have fun watching whatever team you’re supporting in Brazil!
The film has received a 7.3 on iMDB and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.