Shaolin Soccer
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Stephen Chow.


Stephen Chiau is a Shaolin monk who wants to popularize martial arts. Ng Man-Tat is a former soccer champ who took a bribe to throw a game twenty years ago and is trying to regain his honor by putting together and coaching a new soccer team. Their paths cross and a legend is born. The best comedy team of the nineties show they've still got it (as if there was any doubt) in one of the most popular films of 2001 and highest grossing Cantonese film of all time. Stephen Chiau and Ng Man-Tat bring their usual blend of touching characterizations, verbal humor, slapstick, absurdist violence, and mo lei tau to the screen and enrich it with exciting sfx. You will believe a monk can play soccer.

Rating: Highly Recommended (Highly Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.


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