Time out! A group of Shaolin disciples with names to go with their unique gifts (Iron Head, Mighty Steel Leg, etc.) are recruited by a former ace player (Golden Leg) to play in a tournament, working their way up to the reigning champs, Team Evil, coached by the nefarious ex-footballer who ended Golden Leg’s playing days.Long-shelved by Miramax, and reportedly rejiggered for an American release (any foreign signage has been digitally altered into English), the movie is far more distracted with effects-playing than soccer-playing. Far before the games are gotten to, all of the gags run cold, and very quickly — yellow card!
And is there even a second you don’t doubt Team Shaolin will not win? All I could imagine is the boredom that the fans of the tournament had to endure with indomitable, super-human teams, which of course brings us to the boredom for the audience, too: red card, ejection from the theater!
Directed by Stephen Chow; with Man Tat Ng and Yin Tse.[Not to be bothered with.]
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival. For more in the 2004 San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival series, click here.
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival series, click here.