Shaolin Soccer (2001) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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.

  • A shaolin kung-fu practitioner seeks a way to spread the word about his chosen art when he meets a down-on-his-luck lame ex-footballer (a.k.a. soccer player) who trains him and his five dejected brothers to play, incorporating their specialized martial arts skills. They form a team and soon enter a prestigious tournament with a one million dollar prize, eventually facing an unscrupulous rival coach and his drug-enhanced players.

  • Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee whose amazing "leg of steel" catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers, inspired by the big-money prize in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, it seems an unbeatable combination until they face the dreaded Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title.

  • 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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  • Former soccer star "Golden Leg" Fung is on the outs with his boss, and former team owner "Coach Hung" when he meets down-and-out Shaolin Kung Fu expert "Mighty Steel Leg Sing". Golden Leg sees an opportunity to get even with his former coach, the man whose corruption led a furious crowd to attack and cripple him forever; thus ending his career. The two new friends visit the former Shaolin brothers to recruit a soccer team and go for the 1 million dollar prize. They blow past the competition easily, but find an unexpected challenge- and ally, in the final round.

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