Movie “Kill Octopus Paul” takes look at soccer betting
Shortly after the passing of the world’s beloved eight-legged soccer soothsayer, a Chinese film called “Kill Octopus Paul” is challenging the truth behind the oracle octopus.
Director Xiao Jiang’s fictional thriller follows a group of Chinese soccer enthusiasts who travel to South Africa to uncover an international betting cartel conspiracy.
While Xiao said she did not believe in Paul’s soothsaying abilities herself, his fame was key in gaining greater global interest for the World Cup.
The plot twists and turns as viewers find out that the legend of Paul, the visionary mollusc, was fabricated and manipulated to aid a match-fixing scheme and international betting ring.