Shi-Jie (played by Jay Chou) is an orphan growing up in a kung fu school, an apprentice martial artist who shows a unique aptitude for sports. One day, he meets a street con-man named Uncle Li, who believes Shi-Jie’s kung fu skills could transfer to basketball and make him a big earner, so he introd...(Read more)
Shi-Jie (played by Jay Chou) is an orphan growing up in a kung fu school, an apprentice martial artist who shows a unique aptitude for sports. One day, he meets a street con-man named Uncle Li, who believes Shi-Jie’s kung fu skills could transfer to basketball and make him a big earner, so he introduces him to a university basketball team. Shi-Jie’s innocent, nice personality helps him win the friendship of the captain and the star player. Collaborating, they miraculously beat their nemesis, the Fire Ball basketball team. After the game Shi-Jie’s father suddenly appears, and turns out to be the richest businessman in Asia.
This film was tailor-made as a vehicle for Jay Chou, one of Asia’s most popular pop stars, and for his fans in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. Jay’s fans know well that kung fu and basketball are Jay’s other great loves, which is why Shi-Jie masters both. And with his being a pop star, the soundtrack of the film also exclusively features Jay’s music. The film is actually both product and promotion at once. The supporting characters are played by other well-known Taiwanese and Hong Kong stars, in the hopes of attracting a pan-Asian movie-going audience. The narrative follows that of the kung fu genre: under a master’s instruction and after a spectacular training regime, the protagonist finally masters kung fu and beats his rival. As a whole, this film is clearly inspired by and pays homage to Stephen Chow’s box-office blockbuster Shaolin Soccer (2001).
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese|
|Actors：||Jay CHOU, Charlene CHOI, Eric TSANG, CHEN Bo-Lin , Baron CHEN|
|Screenplay：||CHU Yen-Ping, LAM Chiu-Wing, Anne WANG|
Chang Hong Films
2008 Golden Horse Awards, nominated for Best Original Film Song