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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 »

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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?


Stephen Chow dubbed his own voice for the American release. See more »


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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown before the credits. See more »


Referenced in Kung Fu Hustle (2004) See more »


Written by Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Ronald Bell, George Funky Brown (as George Brown), Eumir Deodato, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Claydes Smith, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor), Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Earl Toon (as Earl Toon Jr.)
Performed by Tom Bowes
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If you don't enjoy this movie, you are a bad person
3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Throughout the nearly two hour running time of this movie, the room was a glow with merriment, excitement, and remarks of "Holy crap, that is the coolest thing ever!" Indeed, for this movie is filled with amazing visuals, fantastic fun, and all around goodness. Shaolin Soccer is a harmless movie, the type that mentions the normal morals you might find in a children's movie (work in teams, don't let success go to your head, cheating is bad, etc.), without preaching them.

Some Shaolin-trained, but for the most part poor and unhappy men get organized in a soccer team with a coach who was crippled in a soccer riot after losing the big game twenty years ago. You've got a variety of misfits--the spunky young'n with the steel leg, the obese convenience store clerk who can nearly fly, the plutocratic salary man who uses a style reminiscent of Flying Chimpanzee's Cotton Belly in Wing Chun. It's an odd little band, stretching from barely-post adolescent to nearly retirement age. This rag-tag band is quite endearing and it works so well.

Sure, there are a few instances of cheap humor, but you've got to expect this. The visuals are fantastic, the characterization competent (even if you probably have seen the archetypes before), and it's a lot of fun, whether it's the parody of a war movie (which my friend called scant instants before it happened) or the somewhat unusual tribute to Bruce Lee (hint: it's all in the sunglasses).

Should you see this movie? Yes. I'd say this movie deserves 4 1/2 stars out of five based on technical merits, etc. But on fun? That's right, it gets a million billion stars. Now let's see what Miramax cut out--25 minutes? Crap.

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