It looks like Japan’s Fiji TV thinks they might have an international hit on their hands — or at the very least, they’re hoping they do, because they’re bringing the Stephen Chow-produced action-comedy overseas to the American Film Market to sell. The film’s producer Chihiro Kameyama is quick to point out that while the film is “produced” (or so they say; I still haven’t heard a thing from Chow on this), Chow doesn’t actually have all that much to do with the film, and that it is not a sequel to Chow’s mega hit “Shaolin Soccer”. But hey, since everyone seems to think it is, and the Fiji TV people are going beyond the call of duty to attach Chow’s name to it, I’m going to call it “Shaolin Soccer 2” anyway.
[Shaolin Girl] centers on a young female kung fu teacher, Rin (Kou Shibasaki), who must take over her grandfather’s dojo. In order to prepare herself, she travels to China for 3,000 days of grueling Shaolin kung fu training. On her return to Japan, she works to rebuild the dojo and joins her university lacrosse club, putting her considerable physical prowess to work for the team.
Not sure if the film will sell to the U.S. market (we sort of have a thing against foreign language films, i.e. we hate reading when we go to the movies), but once it hits DVD, it should make for an entertaining rental.
The film’s star Kou Shibasaki: