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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
Team Moustache Player 1
Team Moustache Player 2
Vincent Kok ...
Team Puma Leader
Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
Yat-Fei Wong ...
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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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:

$1,352,456 (France) (23 August 2002)


$488,872 (USA) (20 August 2004)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (original U.S. theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was referenced in Stephen Chow's next film, Kung Fu Hustle (2004). During his first appearance in that film, Chow encounters a few boys playing a game of soccer. He stomps on a soccer ball after doing a few tricks, deflating it, and yells, "No more soccer!" 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

Outtakes are shown before the credits. See more »


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Nan er zhi
(Mens' Courage)
Composed by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by Andy Lau
Performed by Andy Lau
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User Reviews

Great entertainment
6 January 2004 | by (Isle of Man, British Isles) – See all my reviews

Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in probably his funniest and most accessible (to Western audiences, at least) film to date.

Sing (Chow) is trying to find a way to encourage his countrymen to re-embrace their Shaolin kung fu heritage. When he meets down-at-heel ex-soccer coach Fung (Ng), the pair hatch a plan to form a soccer team with Sing's Shaolin brothers. Unfortunately, these guys have lost their kung fu skills. Sing resolves to help his brothers regain their dignity, then lead them into a championship showdown with the seemingly unstoppable Evil Team. He also finds time to fall in love with Tai-Chi baker Mui (the usually lovely Vicki Zhao), who gets some of the funniest scenes in the movie.

As a non-Chinese speaker, my experience with Chow's previous films is patchy, his wordplay humour rarely making a decent transition to subtitles. The comedy here though is mostly physical, possibly even deliberately geared more towards a Western market. The plot - however clichéd - is a pleasing tale of underdogs made good, and the movie has a definite feelgood feel and uplifting ending. Even the CG is impressive and well used. It's the most entertaining movie I've seen in ages.

I was watching the Universe DVD. Subs are decent enough, without too many typos, and the 'making of' and other extras have English subs also.

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