A typical underdog sports movie infused with real filmmaking talent. There's simply not a dull scene, but instead effervescence that spreads far without growing thin. But what really elevates the whole thing is the idea of fun as something transformative and acting equal to hope.
What a mad bloody film this is...!..reminded me of old Tom and Jerry cartoons, those crazy fight scenes, it's all here, with some football too...Basic premise, good v bad, and boy gets girl ..lovely, want to learn the Shaolin method for all aspects of my life..!.and loved the little mistake reel at the end..
Stephen Chow films are very dumb, and this one is no exception. However, they frequently make me laugh until I cry, and that is definitely worth something in my book! The movie is not great, but it made me laugh a lot, so thanks, Shaolin Soccer!
Even by the standards of Hong Kong action cinema Shaolin Soccer is completely insane. Unfortunately it does become quite wearing after a while once the actual football begins but up to that point it's delightfully energetic and funny.
"Without dreams, we're no different than anchovies." I adore every moment of this movie from beginning to end. "If you humiliate me again, my family will commit suicide in front of you." and later "Ever since the virus got into my brain, I just can't lose any weight." Martial arts, a love story, comedy, and Team Evil. Hooray!