Champions (2011) (English Subtitled) 2011 PG

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Inspired by real events. China announces that it will field its first Olympic team while only a select few will be chosen, leaving two friends embarking on an unforgettable journey.

Starring:
Dicky Cheung, Mo Tse
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

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Champions (2011) (English Subtitled)

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Genres Action
Director Siu Ming Tsui
Starring Dicky Cheung, Mo Tse
Supporting actors Priscilla Wong, Debbie Goh, Wai Chi Ho, Tak-Kwong Tai, Xiang Dong Xu, Rongguang Yu
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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This is well done movie, good characters and good music, not bad acting.
roaeja
In that last aspect lays my first major complaint: the movie is way too long.
Mike Sehorn
If you like martial arts check this movie out Yu Rong Guang from Iron Monkey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sehorn on April 16, 2012
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In theory, "Champions" should have been at least a modest international success. Released shortly after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the movie based on the formation of China's first national martial arts demonstration team in the early 20th century is so rich in national spirit that you'd think its distribution would have matched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Alas, the movie didn't turn up in North America for a full two years following its original release and even now is barely known on the straight-to-DVD market - something I think is largely due to the flightiness of the movie's storyline and the fact that, despite its subject matter, it just fails to carry any amount of weight.

The story: a martial arts stable, led by the Master Cheung Chi-Kong (Rongguang Yu), must overcome daunting financial, political, and physical problems en route to preparing the first-ever kung fu team to be featured at the Olympic Games.

The film is directed by Siu Ming Tsui (Shaolin & Wu Tang 2 - Wu Tang Invasion), and I must admit that he makes an honest effort at making a minor epic: CGI is utilized, as is an orchestral soundtrack, the cast rivals a BBC miniseries for breadth, and the movie has a surprisingly long runtime of approximately two hours. In that last aspect lays my first major complaint: the movie is way too long. Ninety minutes would have been plenty of time to tell the main storyline while still including one or two of the more interesting subplots, but instead, at least half an hour is given over to padding and side-stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. McCoy on January 7, 2013
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I enjoyed the movie and the meaning behind it concerning the 2008 Olympic Games. I wish it were English dubbed, but other than that it was a inspiring movie of overcoming adversity for something greater than yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on August 22, 2012
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Inspirational" or "feel good" stories of remarkable human ability--films like these are almost too numerous to even try to name a few. Lately, action-starved Hong Kong cinema has been clamoring for more martial arts action films. Well, Tsui Siu-Ming's "CHAMPIONS" (2008) combines the elements of sportsmanship, friendship, love and dreams--this is a somewhat fictional account of the true story when Chinese Martial Artists wowed the world and created a kung fu frenzy throughout Europe, although kung fu wasn`t a competitive event in the Olympics. It may follow the same formulas established by films such as "Remember the Titans", but one thing is different from those films is the fact that Tsui's film is incredibly action-packed--instead of relying on emotion and melodrama, it relies on numerous martial arts sequences and its old-school if over-the-top feel makes it very fun to watch.

1936, China. Chinese athletes all over the country dreams of representing their country in the Berlin Olympic Games. However, the Chinese government will only commit half of $ 600,000 to sponsor the athletes to go abroad. It now falls on the athletes to raise the other half by themselves. A self-proclaimed descendant of the Tai Chi master, Cheung Fung (played by Dicky Cheung) possesses remarkable skill but was never inspired to put his skills to good use--until he met a young female sprinter named Ngan Ling (Priscilla Wong), who is in fact the person who holds the national record in sprinting. In order to win her heart, Fung must lead the way for the athletes to raise $ 300,000, join the Olympic team, and under the tutelage of Master Cheung Chi-Kong (Yu Rong-Guang), Fung must fight his way up and beat fighters from other martial arts schools.
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By Lisa K. on February 27, 2014
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This is a good movie for martial arts likers/lovers. There's plenty of action, there's also a very good storyline. I enjoyed watching this movie.
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Description never said it was not in ENGLISH. Was not expected to have to read the movie. Needed more action and less goofiness.
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By dennis on March 10, 2013
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It has teenagers as stars, that wise crack and dance all through the film. It is NOTHING like what the trailer implies it is...NOTHING at all!
They try to save the bad acting and awful script with a million sound affects and corny music at ever turn, but it's still a B-class low level film I hope I never see again.
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By Kindle Customer on December 18, 2012
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This a good Wushu movie, a lot of incredible moves and so pretty. If you like martial arts check this movie out Yu Rong Guang from Iron Monkey.
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