What is it?
The 2001 Hong Kong martial arts sports comedy movie Shaolin Soccer.
What is it about?
This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:
One of Hong Kong’s top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor.
Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his “leg of steel.”.
However, these days there isn’t much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing’s talent for kicking to the soccer field.
Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a tournament that could net them a $1 million purse, but even with Sing’s footwork, beating the steroid-fueled champions will be no easy task.
Shaolin Soccer also features Man Tat Ng and Vicki Zhao.
What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?
I liked that this movie made me laugh while also having some entertaining action scenes that somehow combined soccer with martial arts, and I think that other people will like this as well.
I saw the trailer for this movie years ago at a movie theater and I wanted to see it, but it was never released in any movie theaters / cinemas in the city of LC, where I was living at the time.
So I did not get to watch this movie until years after its release several years ago.
If you like comedy films, sports films, martial arts films, and action films, you should probably watch this movie at least once for its unique concept.
It actually made me laugh with its older style comedy, and over the top action.
- John Jr