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Shaolin Soccer -- A Chinese sport movie

Updated on September 12, 2009

Chinese nonsense style Comedy Star ---- Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and spent his youth days with three sisters in Shanghai, China. and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. But he said: "I'm not good at kung-fu at all. I have been learning, but obviously I am not an expert."

His career started on TV, where he presented a children show and started becoming popular. About this success, he said: "I thought martial arts were my great strength, but when I actually got involved in show-business, I realized I wasn't the only one who could do these things. And compared to a lot of others, I wasn't really that good. So I became a children's TV program host."

He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden Horse award for best supporting actor.

He had his first starring role in 1990 in a 'Chow Yun-Fat' spoof: Du sheng (1990) - "All for the Winner" and started excelling in the comedy genre. In Hong-Kong, his particular nonsense style is called "Mo Lei Tau". It's also on the set of this movie that he encountered his fellow sidekick Man Tat Ng.

Starring: Chow, Sing Chi Stephen,

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Chinese martial art and football game

One of Chow's famous movies is Shaolin Soccer, which is a sports film, and a comedy as well. A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers, a down-on-his-luck lame ex-football player who trains him and his five brothers to play football, they form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage, and soon entered in a prestigious tournament with a 1 million dollar prize.

This film had all the characteristics of the modern Hollywood sports film, but what made it stand out and enjoyable is that it did not take itself seriously, and it had some amazing CGI action sequences. it's effect could rival the popularity of The Matrix, and would probably do more in toppling the king of bullet-time cinematography than The Matrix. The characters were all animated and individual in their own way. There was time used to set them up and learn about each of them. This wasn't one of those films where you spent most of your time with one of the characters then never really got to know the rest of them ... you knew them all and couldn't wait to see what they were going to bring to the table next. This is not standard sports film, but they have taken the popularity of the bullet-time effect and applied it to a genre that can definitely put a big laugh on you face.


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