Great jokes, nice special effects. He meets another down-and-out athlete named Fung Ng Man Tat , whose brilliant soccer career ended with a leg-bashing incident in 1959. When the Shaolin players face a squad of bearded women who appear to float over the field, someone wonders how they do it. This is his own 'genre' of movies and i do realise that there are people who dislike this kinda 'lame' movie. Hong Kong satirist Stephen Chow wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of sports and kung fu movie cliches. Vicki Zhao is shyly appealing as the baker, her beauty hidden behind her character's long bangs and complexion problem. The old man is still spry enough to recognize Sing's rocket launcher of a leg as a ticket back to the big time.
. Yeah, just to note that Stevie movies are the only movies that i watched where i'd pay great details in the script and lines because i'd like to mimic and use it again with my mates!! Soccer balls are propelled by fire, people erupt into song and a woman approaching a banana peel on the sidewalk wouldn't think of walking around it. To be frank all Steven Chow's movies are bloody lame but they never fail to make me laugh hysterically. Maybe they were just promotional advance posters to stir up hype. There's also a love interest in the form of a shy girl Vicki Zhao Wei who uses martial arts magic in making steamed bread.
Starring: Stephen Chow, Wong Yut Fei, Lee Wai, Ng Man-Tat, Vicki Zhao Shoalin Soccer is this movie even going to come out in America in theathers? The only thing Chow takes seriously is the film's razzle-dazzle, and he really puts on a show. His comedy skills are still great. I first saw it the first time it was released in Hong Kong how many years ago was this?! The champions are led by the dastardly coach Hung, who was Tonya Harding to coach Fung's Nancy Kerrigan. In sunglasses and long, slicked-back hair, actor Patrick Tse Yin resembles Al Davis. That they now seem to range in age from 25 to 50 enhances the general air of silliness. The tricks grow far more elaborate, of course.
Recruiting Sing and his goofy brothers who all have names like Steel Head, Hook Kick Leg, and Weight Vest with qualities to match , Hung's team soon rises through the ranks via their supernatural Kung Fu soccer skills. It's thrilling to see a ball connect with a bull's-eye with such precision every time. Team Shaolin looks nothing like they did in the group photo Sing kept from childhood. It's amazing to see it will have an North American release. You know the setup: A mismatched band of losers take on a behemoth -- in this case the subtly named Team Evil.
Anyway, i guess people who hate it just gotta leave it because there are certainly more people loving it than hating it. Also Stephen Chow did a great job. I thought the movie was already out, because I recall seeing the movie posters for it last year! Sing recruits his old classmates from the Shaolin temple, some of whom have grown fat or into uptight yuppies. A scene where Steel Leg keeps hitting a faraway target has surprising visceral impact. He's not getting students, and his toes poke through worn-out athletic shoes. But Chow sends up the digital imagery even as he revels in it.
Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow enlivens the familiar sports underdog story and winks at the audience as he does it. . . . . .
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