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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.

Director:

Stephen Chow

Writers:

Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang (as Tsang Kan Cheong) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Chow ... Mighty Steel Leg Sing
Man-Tat Ng ... Golden Leg Fung (as Ng Mang Tat) (as Mang Tat Ng)
Wei Zhao ... Mui (as Vicki Zhao)
Yin Tse ... Team Evil Coach Hung (as Patrick Tse Yin)
Hui Li Hui Li ... Banana Peel Girl
Cecilia Cheung ... Team Moustache Player 1
Karen Mok ... Team Moustache Player 2
Vincent Kok ... Team Puma Leader
Kai-Man Tin ... Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
Yat-Fei Wong ... Iron Head (First Brother) (as Wong Kai Yue)
Tze-Chung Lam ... Light Weight (Small Brother) (as Lam Tze Chung)
Danny Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother) (as Chan Kwon Kwan)
Meilin Mo Meilin Mo ... Hooking Leg (Second Brother) (as Mei-Lin Mo)
Ming Ming Zhang Ming Ming Zhang ... Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong 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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You've never seen football like this See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This was the first Hong Kong Movie to ever cross the HK$ 60 million (HK$60,739,847) mark in the Hong Kong box office. See more »

Goofs

In the English dub the team "mo gui dui" is translated into "Team Evil", even though that has nothing to do with the original name, a better translation is "Devils" or "Demons". See more »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

Some of the changes to "Shaolin Soccer" found in the new Miramax U.S. cut:
  • The film has been shortened from 102 minutes to just over 80
  • The opening titles have been deleted. Replaced by main title over generic "Asian" background.
  • The opening B&W bribery scene between Golden Leg and Hung has been deleted.
  • A musical sequence with Sing and the gang outside of Mui's sweet roll shop has been reinstated.
  • Dialog has been removed between Sing and Iron Head during the club scenes, and the song they perform is in a major key, rather than the original minor key.
  • Also gone are some of the bottle-to-head smashes on Iron Head.
  • The vomit and fart gags have been deleted from Sing's first soccer attack in the streets.
  • All the initial meetings with the Brothers have been shortened.
  • The film is dubbed into English, thus not allowing time for the true translation of the screenplay. Dialog is often without the meaning the original version contained.
  • Sing's apartment scene is deleted.
  • The first of the two iterations of the "egg" joke with Little Brother and Iron Short during soccer training remains in the Miramax cut.
  • Golf course scene between Hung and Golden Leg has been cut out.
  • The final soccer match has a variety of cuts in it, mostly to take out the more extreme visuals featuring blood and violence.
  • A cover version of "Kung Fu Fighting" is used over the last scene of the film and the end credits, removing the score entirely.
  • References to Team Evil's use of illegal American drugs have been replaced with references to "training."
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Connections

References The Golden Child (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Celebration
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 cornjob-2See 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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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 July 2001 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaolin Soccer See more »

Filming Locations:

Zhuhai city, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,167, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$489,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,776,760
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (US version)| DTS (US version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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