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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mui (as Zhou Wei)
Man Tat Ng ...
Golden Leg Fung (as Ng Mang Tat)
Yin Tse ...
Team Evil Coach Hung (as Patrick Tse Yin)
Cecilia Cheung ...
Team Dragon Player #7
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Team Dragon Player #11
Vincent Kok ...
Team Puma Leader
Hui Li ...
Banana Peel Girl
Yat-fei Wong ...
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Iron Shirt (Third Brother)
Chi Chung Lam ...
Light Weight Vest (Small Brother)
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Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother)
Mei Lin Mo ...
Ming Ming Zhang ...
Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong ...
Little Fung
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Storyline

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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Get ready to kick some grass! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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

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Release Date:

12 July 2001 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Shaolin Soccer  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$39,167 (USA) (2 April 2004)

Gross:

$488,872 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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This was the most successful Hong Kong-made movie ever in Hong Kong, making HK$60 million (about US$4.7 million) at the local box office. See more »

Quotes

Sing: [to an enraged Hooking Leg] Please calm down. Anger destroys the soul.
Hooking Leg: Calm down? If I didn't calm down, I would have killed you guys sooner!
[picks up a cleaver]
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Soundtracks

Nan er zhi
(Mens' Courage)
Composed by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by Andy Lau
Performed by Andy Lau
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One Of The Dumbest - And Funniest - Movies Ever
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the goofiest, dumbest, strangest - and funniest - films ever made! It made sound like a cliché, but you truly have to see this movie to believe it. It's that outrageous, far-out: a slapstick film containing martial arts, supernatural power and the sport of soccer.

We get the usual misfits-make good story, which is nothing new, but how it happens in unlike anything I've ever seen. I can't recall how man times I literally laughed out loud watching these ludicrous scenes. The climactic soccer game at the nd got carried away, of course, but it was still fun to watch.

Earlier in the story, the bizarre dialog, odd encounters with different characters and the humor is stupid many times.....but so stupid, it's comical! I just shook my head in amazement at what I was seeing and hearing. Be prepared, as I said, for some incredible dumb things, but also for much weird but definitely entertaining stuff.

Note: I watched the short "English theatrical version" which runs 89 minutes. You can also view the 112-minute Chinese version. From what I've heard, read, and witnessed, the 89- minute is sufficient. Any more of this insanity would be too much.


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