少林足球: Joyously wacky

[Screenshot]Stephen Chow knows what he likes, and what he’s good at. He piles on the camp unashamedly, and produces howlingly wacky kung fu flicks. Shaolin Soccer is a pretty good example. The plot is, Lord knows, nothing new: we have mostly the same characters bouncing off each other in exactly the same way as in God of Cooking. And of course, the dialogue was so ineptly translated that the original humor (which I’m given to understand there’s a lot of) is replaced entirely by weird-translation humor. So why is Shaolin Soccer so much fun? Situational humor, mostly. It’s a bouncy, manic thrill-ride, and there’s something delightful about watching a heavyweight jump 30 feet to head a ball, or a street full of people dancing uncontrollably to the sounds of a reedy off-pitch geek’s a cappella. The silliness runs deep, everyone overacts, and it’s just a lot of fun.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia

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