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Gong fu guan lan (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sport | 7 February 2008 (Hong Kong)
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.

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Yen-Ping Chu

Writers:

Takehiko Inoue (comic), Yen-Ping Chu | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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:
Lan Cheung Lan Cheung
James Z. Feng 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
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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.

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

China | Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

7 February 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaolin Basket See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Hero Chou
(uncredited)
Written by Vincent Fang
Performed by Yi Chuan
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Slick crowd-pleaser
9 February 2008 | by Simon BoothSee all my reviews

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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