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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Siu Lam juk kau (original title)
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A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Golden Leg Fung (as Ng Mang Tat) (as Mang Tat Ng)
Mui (as Vicki Zhao)
Yin Tse ...
Team Evil Coach Hung (as Patrick Tse Yin)
Hui Li ...
Banana Peel Girl
Vincent Kok ...
Team Puma Leader
Iron Head (First Brother) (as Wong Kai Yue)
Light Weight (Small Brother) (as Lam Tze Chung)
Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother) (as Chan Kwon Kwan)
Mei Lin Mo ...
Ming Ming Zhang ...
Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong ...
Little Fung


After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist. Written by ravedragon

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Action | Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for martial arts action and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

12 July 2001 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Shaolin Soccer  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,167, 4 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$488,872, 22 August 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,776,760, 22 August 2004
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In North America, this film received a significant following through pirated copies and Internet downloads, because an official release was never issued. Miramax's refusal to release this movie for nearly two years only strengthened the underground word of mouth, as cinephiles searched high and low for copies of the film. See more »


Sing: I said... that's no way to kick.
Golden Leg Fung: You think you can do better?
Sing: There must exist a fusion of mind and foot.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) See more »


My Wholehearted Devotion
Arranged by Raymond Wong, Patrick Tsang
Lyrics by Lin Xi
Performed by Vicki Zhao
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User Reviews

Best sports comedy ever?
4 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Wow, I was really surprised by this movie. It is totally unique, I've never seen anything else like it. There is a very charming love story, and the effects are really cool. The idea of combining kung fu with soccer is very original.... even though it's so bizarre, you'll find yourself asking why nobody has done anything like this before. I laughed constantly throughout this movie and went out and bought it a few days after I first saw it.

I would recommend it to everyone I know. This is the best Asian comedy since the heyday of Jackie Chan and "Fighting Benny"! Go see it, buy it, whatever, just make sure you do see this film.

I would be surprised if there is not a sequel. This film should have been released theatrically in the US; I've heard Miramax handled it. Sorry guys you lost millions of dollars, this film would have been a smash hit. They probably just didn't think that soccer would sell in America, but word of mouth would have sold this movie very well.

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