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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mighty Steel Leg Sing
... 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
... Team Moustache Player 1
... Team Moustache Player 2
Vincent Kok ... Team Puma Leader
... Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
... 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 ... Hooking Leg (Second Brother)
Ming Ming Zhang ... Little Hung
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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Get ready to kick some grass! See more »

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Team Gangster Player: My wife needs me. She's about to have a baby.
Sing: Can't she wait till the game's over?
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Referenced in Weeds: Free Goat (2005) See more »

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brilliant film, shame about the cuts & dub
30 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film was seen as something of a surprise. Having only heard of Shaolin Soccer on the net, and seen a teaser for the film, I thought nothing more of it until given the opportunity to go and watch the UK release. My initial disappointment with the dubbing (I am a subtitle die-hard) was soon overcome with admiration of how far HK cinema has come. Imagine the FX expertise of the Matrix with the comedy of Jackie Chan fused into a somewhat generic football film. In a word, a brilliantly scripted and often funny film. Many moments are extremely funny, with the over-the-top storyline made famous by HK, and also the very touching moments with the acne-ridden baker girl/love interest as she is only accepted for what she is. It feels as if there is more to the love story in the original cut of the film, as the story occasionally skipped in places, like a bad DVD. But the overall story is not affected, it moves sedately at first, which is good, as the excessive use of Kung-fu and Football are shown in increasingly ridiculous stages. The final goal reminds me of Hot-Shot Hamish, for those that read the comics. Worth seeing, and I can't wait for the DVD - providing it has the original cut, and subtitles.


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