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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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The sensation that swept Asia is coming to theaters! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$488,872 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Sing: [singing] Tai Chi Kung Fu used to make steamed buns, what a brilliant notion. Fill the pot from heaven with sweet buns; fantastic when done. You're a Kung Fu master, I can see. And your homemade treats look so tasty.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown before the credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Ti chu ge wei lai
(Kick to the Future)
Composed by Jacky Chan
Lyrics by Andy Lau
Performed by Andy Lau
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Kickful of comedy
21 June 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

KUNG FU + SOCCER = lots of laughs!!

Funny funny funny. And that's coming from a non-soccer fan.

Great performances here in this blend of comedy and high flying soccer action. Stephen Chow as Sing packs one hell of a kick!! His chemistry with Ng Man Tat (Golden Leg) is natural as it is in most of their films together. Plus, Sing's Shaolin brothers provide for a lot of comic relief!! From their soccer training to the championship game, there are really cool kung fu soccer shots, a mix of Matrix/Crouch Tiger special effects and it delivers. Oh, and Vicki Zhao literally steals this in the end (you have to see it).

The Bruce Lee goalie scene is priceless. This movie can definitely be watched several times with even more satisfaction!


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