Movie Clip: Shaolin Soccer, PG-13, Miramax Films
Main Point: True love is sacrificial.
Movie – Shaolin
Soccer is a movie based on a comic book. Filmed in China, it is about a retired professional soccer player who discovers a kung fu master named Sing. The two work together to build a soccer team of other kung fu masters, and they compete for big money at a national soccer championship. The movie is pretty funny, using Matrix-like technology to make great but ridiculous soccer matches. It is pretty clean. We've included a YouTube link below, and the DVD comes with the original Chinese version (which we use for this discussion), complete with the English subtitles, and the newer English version, which is actually missing a scene or two and is dubbed in English.
Scene: I sing to express my admiration.
In this particular scene, Sing (the main character of the film) sees a girl who uses kung fu techniques to make buns. He is so impressed by her technique that he instantly bursts into song to show her how much he admires her. Another passerby gets caught up in the conversation, as he tries to defend Sing's silliness of singing to express one's emotions. The camera zooms in on the passerby's eye as an explosion detonates, and instantly the man begins to sing. Soon, an entire crowd comes together and dances in the street. It is a great film clip to show just how silly the world's view of love (as defined by overwhelming emotion) is.
The scene starts at approximately 14:19, when Sing is watching Mui make the buns. Be sure you start after
the yin-yang appears in the girl's batch of dough-could be controversial. The scene ends after the dancing crowd scatters at approximately 19:44.
Important Note For Cuing The Film:
The scene is only on the original Chinese version of the movie, so be sure you have selected that option when you first put the DVD in the player.
You know, I was thinking today. I really love the weather
. I do. Think about it. Clouds one day, rain another, hot sunny days in the summer... Weather is really cool; I just love it! And not only that, I also love my dad
. I love him a lot. And I really
. Oh man, what I wouldn't give for some Oreos
right now. You know, I also love Jesus
. But I love
the Macho combo burrito from Del Taco
. (In this intro, of course, you can substitute any of these items to suit your taste. I would really recommend putting more emphasis on the lesser items, though, to really show how ironic the use of the word love
Have you guys ever thought about how stupid the word love
really is? I mean, I use the same word to show my enjoyment in Oreos
that I use to say how much I love my wife
. Really think about it. Isn't that lame? It seems like the word love
has actually been killed. Some people think love is about a huge pink and white Valentine's Day card with big words written in cursive on it. Others think that it is just another word with no meaning at all, while some people think that love is a passionate emotion that overcomes their whole body.
Today we're talking about love. But before we get into it, let's watch this video clip that paints a pretty good picture of what the world
tries to tell us love is.
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