What happened to Shaolin Soccer??

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by bbsbt, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. bbsbt

    bbsbt Member+

    Feb 26, 2003
    Does anybody know whatever happened to the movie "Shaolin Soccer"?
    It was supposed to be out in theaters two months ago!
  2. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Died a rapid death, I believe. Look for it in your local video store soon.
  3. rocketeer22

    rocketeer22 Member+

    Apr 11, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    According to www.moviefone.com it is being released on March 26, 2004. Sometimes distributors change their plans.
  4. bbsbt

    bbsbt Member+

    Feb 26, 2003
    Well, that's strange.

    Thanks for the heads-up "rocketeer22".
    Any idea why it has been delayed for half a year ?
  5. masoo

    masoo Member

    May 31, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    I'm a big fan of Shaolin Soccer ... saw it almost two years ago when a friend who lives in HK sent me a DVD.

    But it's hard to imagine a movie that will have a more difficult time coming across to an American audience. It's not just the part where we aren't big soccer fans. It's also that Stephan Chow's humor, especially the verbal parts, is culturally specific. I don't think he'll translate to America the same way someone like Jackie Chan, with his emphasis on physical humor, does.

    Meanwhile, the IMDB lists more than a dozen changes to the American version, including the cutting of 20+ minutes of running time, and editing of the climactic soccer match to remove some of the violence. Since that final scene is the best in the movie ... well, I recommend just hunting down the original on DVD and not worrying about the Americanization.
  6. genpabloescobar

    Feb 17, 2002
  7. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    And how.

    If it wasn't the best $15 I've spent on a movie, it's right up there.

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