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VINE VOICEon 25 November 2008
As the cliche goes, this is a film of two halves.

The first half is funny, witty, ground breaking stuff - a Kung Fu film that you laugh with and not at. I was amazed at the sharpness of the occasionally surreal comedy and of the fast paced and clever script, that surprised and amazed in equal measure.

However, the scene where our hero chats up the female lead is the 'Jump the Shark' moment, where the film turns from ground breaking to cliched and predictable. All the special effects in the world can't make the final match work, and the whole enemy-team-on-drugs ploy doesn't explain why they are so much better than the Shaolin monks.

Anyways, the film is definitely worth watching as all new experiences are to be cherished and honoured. Just beware that, like Girl Next Door, it is possible for a film to lose it's rhythm half way and seem cut-and shut...

P.S. On an unrelated sidenote, Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi fans among you may be interested to know that the ideas of the Jedi & 'The Force' were partly derived from the Shaolin Monks of China...
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on 8 December 2017
I've seen this film years ago and it's fantastic! I bought a DVD in early 2005, it contains special feature such as blooper, deleted scenes, behind the scenes and also Hong Kong version but sadly I lost it. I am not quite happy with bluray disc because it has no special features at all, the picture and sound quality are ok.

I confirm that Bluray does show two different versions, American version (87mins) and Hong Kong version (112mins). Hong Kong version is much better.
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on 17 May 2011
Got this when I purchased Kung-fu Hustle and watched it first just to keep things chronologically correct. Hugely enjoyable and entertaining film, but sadly the effects are appearing a little bit dated already. There's a moment in Kung-fu hustle where a bit of fancy football footwork is employed quickly followed by the ball being punctured and a voice over "no more football" a direct reference to Shaolin Soccer apparently. Never mind. KF Hustle is head and shoulders above Shaolin Soccer, but as a point of reference to see where Mr Chow is coming from it's essential viewing and great entertainment in its own right. Buy it and enjoy it!
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on 18 January 2018
I have watched this film over and over again, it is an amazing film great value for money and one you will never tire of watching. Very entertaining
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on 21 April 2011
this film is full of belly laughs right from the opening credits. Stephen Chow's unique style is one not to be missed and here is a film which will delight and bring a smile to even the grumpiest of old men!!! Here we see Chow employ the skills learned in the Shaolin temple to soccer with hilarious results. A film i would certainly recommend and if you liked Kungfu Hustle then you will love this. Surreal and the special effects used to the maximum take nothing away from what is a very very funny film.
Can be viewed in both cantonese and english but the english version misses out a few scenes.
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on 18 August 2017
The first Steve Chow film, quirky and unlike his contemporaries. If you want to see where Kung Fu Hustle came from, this is worth a viewing.
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on 31 December 2017
The most fun I had in ages!
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on 18 January 2017
Mental film. Brilliant.
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on 19 July 2015
I love Asian movies...and when I saw the trailer of this movie....I saw it over and over!
Now I have the complete thing...and can see when I want.
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on 11 November 2011
Great, not for everyone but then again if you're gonna watch a movie called Shaolin Soccer you're probably pretty open to whatever is gonna happen on screen. Fun and lighthearted, is great for a bit of mindless, utterly ridiculous fun.

Plus you actually get involved with the silly characters, and end up rooting for them, even including all the nonsensical stuff happening.

Do it, watch it, so ridiculous its great.
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