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Shaolin Soccer -- With tons of action, eye-popping special effects, and nonstop laughs, here's a hilarious martial arts comedy about a team of misfits who take their best shot at winning a championship!
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Shaolin Soccer -- 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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A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stephen Chow ... Mighty Steel Leg Sing

Wei Zhao ... 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

Karen Mok ... Team Dragon Player #11
Vincent Kok ... Team Puma Leader
Hui Li ... Banana Peel Girl
Yat-Fei Wong ... Iron Head (First Brother)

Kai Man Tin ... Iron Shirt (Third Brother)
Chi Chung Lam ... Light Weight Vest (Small Brother)

Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother)
Mei Lin Mo ... Hooking Leg (Second Brother)
Ming Ming Zhang ... Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong ... Little Fung
Shi Zi Yun ... Team Evil Center
Hua Cao ... Team Evil Goalie
Li Bin Hong ... Team Evil Player 1
Zhao Yong ... Team Evil Player 2
Shi Heng Jiang ... Team Evil Player 3
Shi Heng Jie ... Team Evil Player 4
Hu Shao Qi ... Team Evil Player 5
Chi-Sing Lam ... Team Gangster Player 1
Yuan Xiao Long ... Team Gangster Player 2
Siu-Lung Yuen ... Team Gangster Player 2
Ming-kin Wong ... Team Gangster Player 3
Lo Hoi Ying ... Team Gangster Player 4
Xian Jian Rong ... Team Gangster Player 5
Ma Jun Long ... Team Gangster Player 6
Yao Xu ... Team Gangster Player 7
Kin-Yan Lee ... Manny
Min Hun Fung ... Rebellion team leader
Wai-Man Mok ... Hung's driver
Sun Chang Meng ... Hung's Assistant
Nang Yang ... Butcher
Wen Hui He ... Street Singer
Lu Wei ... Reporter
Chi-Wah Tse ... General Manager of Karaoke
Sun Chi Wing ... Manager
Wong Yan Kit ... Referee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Apostolina ... Announcer #2 (voice)
Steve Bulen ... Golden Leg Fung (voice)

Richard Cansino ... Hotel Guy (voice)

Elisa Gabrielli ... Team Moustache Players (voice)
Bridget Hoffman ... Mui's Boss (voice)

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Team Gangster Leader (voice)
Steve Kramer ... Hung's assistant (voice)

Emil Lin ... Mighty Steel Leg Sing (voice)
Lucy Lin ... Reporter (voice)

Bai Ling ... Mui (voice: English version)
Susan Marque ... Banana Peel Girl (voice)
Randall Montgomery ... Iron Head (voice)
Steve Pinto ... Iron Shirt Tin (voice)
Stuart Robinson ... Hooking Leg (voice)

Tom Romero ... Iron Head (voice: English version)

Skip Stellrecht ... Lift Man (voice)

Jessica Straus ... Mui (voice) (additional voices)
Kirk Thornton ... Announcer #1 / Coach Hung (voice)

Brian Tochi ... Mighty Steel Leg Sing (voice: English version)
Ping Wu ... Bulldog (voice)

Ron Yuan ... Referee (voice)

Nicholas Tse ... Young Hung (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Chow 
Writing credits
Stephen Chow  &
Kan-Cheung Tsang  (as Tsang Kan Cheong) and
Min Hun Fung  (as Steven Fung) &
Chi Keung Fung 

Marc Handler  dubbed version
Wei Lu 

Produced by
Stephen Chow .... executive producer
Daniel Lam .... executive producer (as Daneil Lam)
Kwok-fai Yeung .... producer
Original Music by
Ying-Wah Wong  (as Raymond Wong)
Cinematography by
Pak-Suen Kwan  (as Kwen Pak Huen)
Ting Wo Kwong 
Film Editing by
Kit-Wai Kai 
Art Direction by
Cyrus Ho  (as Kim Hung Ho)
Costume Design by
Hilda Choy  (as Choy Yim Man)
Makeup Department
Kuo Hsiung Chen .... makeup artist
Gloria Lam .... hair stylist
Ching Lam Lee .... hair stylist
Michelle Wong .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lik-Chi Lee .... production supervisor (as Lee Lik Chee)
Dede Nickerson .... supervising executive: Miramax
Wai Ling So .... assistant production manager
Kai Man Tin .... production supervisor
Chi-Wah Tse .... assistant production manager
Connie Wong .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Him Wong .... assistant director (as Stephen Wong)
Feng-hsuen Yao .... assistant director (as Paco Yiu)
Man-Kei Yiu .... assistant director
Rui Zhao .... assistant director
Art Department
Kwai Wong .... props
Sound Department
Nelson Ferreira .... sound editor
Thanos Kazakos .... adr recordist: English dubbing
Chi-tat Leung .... sound
Jamie Lowry .... sound editor
Colin McLellan .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Perreira .... sound re-recording assistant
Nathan Robitaille .... assistant sound editor
Kinson Tsang .... sound editor
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Frankie Chung .... visual effects supervisor
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital compositor
Mark Dick Danger Devlin .... digital compositor
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM (english version)
Chris Ervin .... digital effects artist
John Follmer .... head of production: MetroLight Studios
Adam Hawkey .... digital compositor: iOFilm
Jack Ho .... visual effects and animation
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios
Ken Law .... CG technical director
Dobbie Schiff .... executive producer: MetroLight Studios
Mike Uguccioni .... digital compositor
Don Wong .... digital visual effects artist: Centro Digital
Don Wong .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Wai-Nin Chan .... gaffer
Kin Man Ng .... gaffer
Animation Department
Yuk-chun Hung .... animator
Hiu-Tung Kwan .... animator
Ching-Man Leung .... animator
Ronald To .... animator
Man-Jun Tsang .... animator
King Ho Tse .... animator
Jing-Yun Wong .... animator
Mokana Wong .... animator
Siu Fai Yeung .... animator
Editorial Department
Dan Edelstein .... editorial consultant: english version
Other crew
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Marc Handler .... voice director: English version
Marc Handler .... writer: English version
Oli Laperal Jr. .... equipment coordinator
Ailen Sit .... martial arts director
Kai-Cheong Tin .... continuity
Ming-kin Wong .... martial arts director
Ron Yuan .... voice
Stephen Chow .... additional action director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Siu lam juk kau" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for action violence and thematic elements (re-rating) (2004)
113 min | Hong Kong:102 min (DVD version) | USA:87 min | Argentina:89 min | 85 min (original U.S. theatrical release version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS (US version) | DTS (US version)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All (original rating) | South Korea:15 (re-rating) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:12A | USA:Unrated | USA:PG (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2004)
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Did You Know?

One of three Chinese films acquired by Miramax in 2002 for major U.S. distribution following the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The other films were Hero (2002) (Hero), and Zu Warriors (2001). In April 2004, this film was given a limited U.S. theatrical release. Hero was given a successful wide release in September 2004. Zu Warriors was released straight-to-DVD in August 2005.See more »
Sing:You're beautiful! And a kung fu mahstah... You got it all!See more »
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78 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
I hate sports movies., 9 February 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

What a wonderful sports film. STOP, read that line one more time. I ask you to do this because you will probably never see this again.

This was a sports film, for me to say that it wasn't would be a bold faced lie. This had all the characteristics of the modern Hollywood sports film, but what made it stand out and enjoyable is that it did not take itself seriously … AND … it had some amazing CGI action sequences. I recently watched a film called Equilibrium where it was mentioned that it could rival the popularity of The Matrix, well I would have to say that perhaps this film, Siu lam juk kau, would probably do more in toppling the king of bullet-time cinematography than Equilibrium would. I was impressed from the beginning till the end of this movie. The characters were all animated and individual in their own way. There was time used to set them up and learn about each of them. This wasn't one of those films where you spent most of your time with one of the characters then never really got to know the rest of them … you knew them all and couldn't wait to see what they were going to bring to the table next. Hong Kong has crafted a spectacular film here. They have taken the popularity of the bullet-time effect and applied it to a genre that definitely needed a face-lift. I am surprised that America wasn't the first to do this, but we are a nation that loves the standard sports film, so why change what we love. PWFSSSST. We are so lazy sometimes.

Siu lam juk kau tells a spectacular story coupled with some amazing graphics to create a story about love, teamwork, and superpowers. I also enjoyed the fact that this film also tried to say that kung-fu is not an old topic, that it can and should still be used in society today. When we think of the martial arts films (and physical aspect), we see them as a very old and dated genre. Well, let me be the first to say that they are coming back, and coming back with a vengeance. I enjoyed the fact that this was a revenge film. So many of our kung-fu films are revenge films, I was happy to see that this one was not far off. This film used techniques that I have not seen used in any other films. They took the old, skillful ways of the dated kung-fu film, added the work of bullet-time, and added the sports flare to it to create Siu lam juk kau. It had us laughing, it kept us based in reality, and it focused my attention to the screen for the entire film (a task that no other sports film has been able to do). I think that by having your star also direct it (directed and starred Stephen Chow) it builds upon a sense of comfortability with the story. Chow is a master of slapstick, yet seldom overdoes the silliness, choosing carefully timed gags and meticulously mounted visual construction over slapdash comedy. The film is also no stranger to the bizarre, with Chow's multiple homages to Steven Spielberg, and a weird egg gag that I'm honestly shocked still remains the American cut of the picture.

Overall, Siu lam juk kau is a amazing combination of comedy, action, romance, and dazzling soccer footage, forming an irresistible package to those looking for something they haven't seen before. We see that it is a personal story that everyone is having fun being a part of. That also helped this film … the characters really wanted to be in this film and it shined like the North Star through our screen. The dubbing (which seemed off a couple times) only added delight to this film. Chow's Siu lam juk kau, is and will always be breathtaking.

Grade: ***** out of *****

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