On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 90% approval rating based on 93 reviews; the average rating is 7.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads: \"The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.\" On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating \"generally favorable reviews.\"
Seto worked to make the novel as faithful to the film as possible but he admits that Stephen Chow's brand of Mo lei tau comedy does not translate well into illustrations. He stated in an interview that \"the Shaolin Soccer comic is 80% movie adaptation with 20% new content.\" This new content includes a backstory about Steel Leg's training in Shaolin before the death of his master, as well as completely rewriting entire sections of the movie. For example, in the film a group of bar thugs beat up Sing and Iron Head after listening to their lounge-style tribute to Shaolin kung fu. The following day, Sing seeks out the group and uses his Shaolin skills to beat the thugs using a soccer ball. Fung sees the brawl and comes up with the idea of fusing kung fu and soccer. However, in the comic book, Sing is meditating in the park when he gets hit in the head with a soccer ball. The cocky players mock him and destroy a stone statue of his deceased master. Sing proceeds to use the soccer ball as a weapon.
Parents need to know that Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 sports comedy in which a ragtag group of soccer and martial arts misfits join forces to create a winning soccer team. The movie has some comic violence and crude humor, including a scene of a man peeing on a wall, and another man vomiting. There's some action/fantasy violence, and characters are wounded. While much of the violence is exaggerated for the sake of comedy and/or action, scenes of players getting legs broken by cheating rival teams also occur. Characters smoke and drink, and there's a reference to \"American drugs,\" which are performance-enhancing drugs injected into one of the rival teams. A character mentions suicide as a response to humiliation. There's a joke about being in love with a married woman. A character removes his pants (off camera) and makes another character wear his underpants on his head to humiliate him. Profanity includes \"s--t,\" \"hell.\"
The movie has been directed and co-written by Stephen Chow, who stars as Sing, a martial arts master turned street cleaner, who uses his skills in everyday life and is in love with Mui (Vicki Zhao), who sells buns from her little street stand and combs her hair forward to conceal a complexion that resembles pizza with sausage and mushrooms. It is a foregone conclusion that by the end of this film Mui will be a startling beauty. Less predictable is that Sing recruits seven soccer players from his former monastery to form a soccer team.
Importantly though, is it funny The short answer is absolutely. From the very opening, we have some of the best visual gags seen in a Hong Kong movie. The absurdity of these out of shape monks being able to perform incredible feats leads to some fantastic sequences. The 1st match where they regain their prowess is full of crazy humour and genuinely hysterical. 781b155fdc