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Aro Favourite Shaolin Soccer


USA 2001, 112 minutes
Dir. Stephen Chow (Chiao)
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Comedy / Fantasy

Topics: Sport.


Aroview: With an astounding mix of Eastern fantasy, CGI effects and the game of soccer, Hong Kong’s one-man comedy machine Stephen Chow kicks one out of the park with his most elaborate, dynamic entertainment yet.

As always, Chow himself takes centre stage, here as a supernaturally-gifted shaolin disciple, who finds in football a gimmick that will bring greater public attention to the benefits of Shaolin Kung Fu. Together with a disgraced former-pro, he transforms a rag-tag bunch of misfits into a team of would-be soccer champs.

Although the set-up is hastily stir-fried in Hong Kong movie tradition, the short-comings take a backseat once the super-charged, brilliantly imaginative action kicks in, culminating in a cup final that blasts over-the-top of one’s wildest expectations.

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DVD Features

Director's cut of the film (112m) available subtitled, and is strongly recommended.
U.S. cut (86) available dubbed and subtitled. This is a definitively inferior version of the film.

  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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Dir's cut (112m)
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