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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 Chan Kwok-Kwan ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

Shanghai, China

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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wei Zhao and Karen Mok also acted together in the movie So Close (2002). See more »

Quotes

Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother): [dials phone] Hello? Listen, Chun, this is Frog calling. I need to say something that I've been holding inside all these lonely years. The thing is, I love you.
Kung: [man's voice over the phone] This isn't Chun. It's Kung.
Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother): Oh. I'm sorry, Kung. Just tell your wife what I said and tell her it's from the bottom of my heart. Please.
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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 Kyaputen Tsubasa (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Amazing!!
17 June 2004 | by SPaSSee all my reviews

Or: the funniest movie I've seen this decade! I was expecting a moderate little asian comedy worthy about an IMDB 7 TOPS, but at the end, I was forced to give this 9 points! See, no other comedy has actually brought me to tears laughing in recent history! Either mr. Chow is a genius or he's one lucky sonova. See, "Shaolin soccer" just happens to press all the right buttons, and in right places! In the little "relief" spots it's as dramatic as it's supposed to be, and the rest, it's big, big, BIG laughs all the way. HIGHLY recommended! P.S. If you don't like this movie, your heart must be made of stone and you have absolutely NO sense of humour. My condolences.


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