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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

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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 »

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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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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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Trivia

Stephen Chow, Tze Chung Lam and Kwok-Kwan Chan starred together in the comedy film Kung Fu Hustle (2004). 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

For the US theatrical version, Chinese text that appears on objects in the film has been digitally altered so that it is in English, (examples: the "Shaolin Forever" sign, the Time Magazine ad.) See more »

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References Fist of Fury (1972) See more »

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Great entertainment
6 January 2004 | by Mike AstillSee all my reviews

Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in probably his funniest and most accessible (to Western audiences, at least) film to date.

Sing (Chow) is trying to find a way to encourage his countrymen to re-embrace their Shaolin kung fu heritage. When he meets down-at-heel ex-soccer coach Fung (Ng), the pair hatch a plan to form a soccer team with Sing's Shaolin brothers. Unfortunately, these guys have lost their kung fu skills. Sing resolves to help his brothers regain their dignity, then lead them into a championship showdown with the seemingly unstoppable Evil Team. He also finds time to fall in love with Tai-Chi baker Mui (the usually lovely Vicki Zhao), who gets some of the funniest scenes in the movie.

As a non-Chinese speaker, my experience with Chow's previous films is patchy, his wordplay humour rarely making a decent transition to subtitles. The comedy here though is mostly physical, possibly even deliberately geared more towards a Western market. The plot - however clichéd - is a pleasing tale of underdogs made good, and the movie has a definite feelgood feel and uplifting ending. Even the CG is impressive and well used. It's the most entertaining movie I've seen in ages.

I was watching the Universe DVD. Subs are decent enough, without too many typos, and the 'making of' and other extras have English subs also.


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