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This was one of three Chinese films acquired by Miramax in 2002 for major U.S. distribution, following the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The other films were Ying xiong (2002) and Zu Warriors (2001). In April 2004, this film was given a limited U.S. theatrical release. Hero (2002) was given a successful wide release in September 2004. Zu Warriors (2001) was released straight-to-DVD in August 2005. See more »
Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in probably his funniest and most accessible (to Western audiences, at least) film to date.
Sing (Chow) is trying to find a way to encourage his countrymen to re-embrace their Shaolin kung fu heritage. When he meets down-at-heel ex-soccer coach Fung (Ng), the pair hatch a plan to form a soccer team with Sing's Shaolin brothers. Unfortunately, these guys have lost their kung fu skills. Sing resolves to help his brothers regain their dignity, then lead them into a championship showdown with the seemingly unstoppable Evil Team. He also finds time to fall in love with Tai-Chi baker Mui (the usually lovely Vicki Zhao), who gets some of the funniest scenes in the movie.
As a non-Chinese speaker, my experience with Chow's previous films is patchy, his wordplay humour rarely making a decent transition to subtitles. The comedy here though is mostly physical, possibly even deliberately geared more towards a Western market. The plot - however clichéd - is a pleasing tale of underdogs made good, and the movie has a definite feelgood feel and uplifting ending. Even the CG is impressive and well used. It's the most entertaining movie I've seen in ages.
I was watching the Universe DVD. Subs are decent enough, without too many typos, and the 'making of' and other extras have English subs also.
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