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7 February 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »
Fang Shijie is found as a baby in the garbage and raised at a martial arts academy. With the help of a man, he gets into college and is promoted to the basketball championship as he searches for his real parents. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jay Chou ... Fang Shijie (as Chieh-lun Chou)

Eric Tsang ... Zhen Li (as Chi-wai Tsang)
Gang Wang ... Wang Biao

Charlene Choi ... Lily (as Cheuk-yin Choi)

Bo-lin Chen ... Ting Wei
Chu-he Chen ... Xiao Lan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Z. Feng ... First Univ. Teammate

Bo Huang ... Master Huang
Eddy Ko ... Fang's Master
Li-Chun Lee ... Bi Tianhao (as Lichun Lee)
Ka-Yan Leung ... Master Fei
Ken Lin ... Team captain
Will Liu ... Li Tian
Man-Tat Ng ... Master Wu

Kenneth Tsang ... Wang Yiwuan

Jacky Tsung-hsien Wu ... Old beggar
Ni Yan ... Master Ni

Directed by
Yen-Ping Chu 
Writing credits
Takehiko Inoue (comic)

Yen-Ping Chu 
Chiu-Wing Lam 
You-Chen Wang 

Produced by
Jennifer Chang .... associate producer
Catherine Fu .... associate producer
Albert Lee .... producer
Fargo Pi .... producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... executive producer
Wu Tun .... executive producer
Tianyun Wang .... associate producer
Pengle Xu .... producer
Chih-Wei Yao .... associate producer (as Wade C. Yao)
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ko Ishikawa (IDEA Inc.)
Yoshihiko Sugiyama (music supervisor)
Cinematography by
Xiaoding Zhao 
Film Editing by
Po-Wen Chen 
Production Design by
Chung Man Yee 
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Xiao Liu .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rasoul Shafeazadeh .... lead matte painter
Sound Department
Shih Yi Chu .... sound recordist
Chen Wei Hsu .... sound recordist
Cheng Yi Hsu .... recording
Cliff Sanderson .... english dialogue dubbing recordist/editor
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound
Doris Wang .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Finn Wu .... recording
Visual Effects by
Austin Basile .... digital compositor
Ann-Marie Blommaert .... visual effects project manager
Dan Brittain .... digital compositor
David Chen .... digital compositor
Dug Claxton .... digital compositor
Jon Cowley .... visual effects supervisor: Technicolor
Lee Croft .... senior digital compositor: Technicolor Beijing
Bryan Davies .... visual effects artist
Yann Doray .... compositing supervisor
Steve Elliott .... visual effects I/O: Technicolor Vancouver
John Fukushima .... compositing supervisor: Technicolor Vancouver
Pinghu Gu .... visual effects coordinator
Martin Halle .... lead visual effects artist
Phil Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Technicolor Beijing
Ken Lam .... compositor: Technicolor
Jonathan Tex Levitt .... ratio/paint artist
Robert Luo .... visual effects technical director
Jackie Mills .... visual effects artist
Stephen Misek .... visual effects artist
Giuseppe Motta .... cg supervisor
Jordan Nieuwland .... matte painter
Christophe Pacaud .... digital compositor
Jeremy Price .... visual effects artist
Jun Ren .... animator
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects executive producer: Technicolor Vancouver
Tanya Schuck .... digital compositor
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Patrick Thompson .... digital compositor
Jerry Tung .... visual effects
Derek Wolfe .... visual effects artist
Noel Wright .... compositor
Marusha Xeros .... visual effects producer
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Lam .... Steadicam operator
Raymond Lam .... camera operator
Changhai Yan .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Gong fu guan lan" - China (original title)
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100 min (DVD)
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10 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Slick crowd-pleaser, 9 February 2008
Author: Simon Booth from UK

Jay Chou plays an orphan raised in a kung fu school, but kicked out by the corrupt headmaster after fighting with a bunch of thugs in the employ of a nefarious villain. He happens upon down-on-his-luck trickster Eric Tsang, who immediately sees cash potential in the youngster's skills. Basketball is the chosen avenue for riches, and Tsang bids to get him a spot on a University team and to promote him in the media. General success leads to a basketball championship and a really nasty rival team managed by the same nefarious villain of before.

It's all a bit Shaolin Soccer I guess, but not so quirky or ridiculous - the plot sticks pretty close to sports movie conventions, and delivers all the elements the crowd expects from the set-up. You've seen it all before, but it's the kind of stuff it never hurts to see again when it's done well. Luckily it really is done well here (some might say 'surprisingly' with Chu Yen-Ping in the director's chair... I expect he had good 'assistants') - the script delivers and the presentation is slick and stylish. Jay Chou remains pretty much expressionless throughout, but such is his style, and when he does let an emotion flicker across it can be to quite good comic effect. Eric Tsang compensates with a larger-than-life character that he's played many times before (in real life, for instance) who gets many of the films most emotional moments.

Since the film revolves around basketball, it's good that the scenes of basketball matches are suitably rousing. The cast show some real skill, including Chou, and some well done wirework and CGI add that element of hyper-real kung fu skill that make the scenes even more entertaining (assuming you like that sort of thing) and justify the movie's plot/existence.

There's only one significant fight scene in the movie, but it's a doozy in the "one against many" style. Jay Chou appears to do a lot of his own moves, and is quite impressive - he's clearly pretty strong and fast for real, and Ching Siu-Tung's choreography makes him look like a real martial artist. I wish there'd been more, but at least it's a lengthy fight.

Very much the kind of Chinese New Year blockbuster I hoped it would be from the trailer, and recommended viewing!

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