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Hong Kong martial arts comedy 'Shaolin Soccer' to screen

RELEASED: April 1, 2010

poster for Shaolin SoccerEAU CLAIRE — "Shaolin Soccer" (2001) — a Hong Kong martial arts comedy "so unabashed in its cheesiness that it could be spread on crackers" (The New York Times) — will screen April 15-18 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Chosen by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate to compliment the university's Little Sibs Weekend activities, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. all four days in Davies Theatre.

Sing (Stephen Chow) is a down-on-his-luck disciple of the ancient art of Shaolin kung fu who reunites his ragtag brethren in a bid to win a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, the team seems unbeatable — until it has to face off against the black-garbed Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title and the big money.

"The movie, which Chow produced, directed, edited and co-wrote (with Kan-Cheung Tsang), is a hoot from beginning to end," wrote The Washington Post. "The wire-suspended stunts and other special effects — though hardly big-budget — are giddily inspired, and the comic inventiveness never flags."

"It's the sort of movie that leaves you smiling like an idiot," David Edelstein wrote in Slate.

The 111-minute film is in Chinese with English subtitles and rated PG for martial arts action and some thematic elements.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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