Shaolin Soccer

Shaolin Soccer

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Cast: Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man Tat, Patrick Tse

     
 

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One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor. Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his "leg of steel." However, these days there isn't much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his… See more details below

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One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor. Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his "leg of steel." However, these days there isn't much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing's talent for kicking to the soccer field. Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a tournament that could net them a $1 million purse, but even with Sing's footwork, beating the steroid-fueled champions will be no easy task. Shaolin Soccer also features Man Tat Ng and Vicki Zhao.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Taking the hard-luck underdog sports comedy to new levels in both concept and visualization, workhorse Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chiau brings his patented brand of hyper-kinetic humor to the playing field in the highest-grossing HK film of 2001, Shaolin Soccer. Chiau fans familiar with his often unique form of spoofery in such films as 1996's God of Cookery and The King of Comedy (1999) will find the Shaolin Soccer actor/director in top form here, with visual jokes and the familiar humorous wordplay never missing a beat and retaining the high kinetic energy that keeps the film flowing at a fun pace. Somewhat new to Chiau's films is the use of CG animation, an aspect that drives many of the film's most memorable scenes including the inevitable final game between Chiau's team of Shaolin masters-cum-soccer spectaculars, and the uberevil, underwater practicing, super-steroid pumping Team Evil. Highlighting the players amazing otherworldly soccer abilities while throwing realism to the wind, the use of animation provides some of the film's funniest moments as the power of ancient gods and natural forces are summoned with the sole purpose of scoring the ever-elusive goal and defeating Team Evil once and for all. While the film isn't entirely original outside of its high concept main theme, the likable characters and original set pieces will no doubt make fans of even those who generally avoid sports-themed movies. And while not without such minor flaws, it's easy to see why Chiau's highly enjoyable and energetic sports comedy topped the HK box office in 2001.Though a major American release was announced by American rights holders Miramax in early 2002 (under the title Kung Fu Soccer), their target release date of April 5, 2002 was subsequently shifted no less than six times. This coupled with the fact that Miramax announced plans to cut and dub the film only served to isolate the stateside fans of the film whose excitement of finally seeing it on the big screen had been building for over a year. When Miramax once again changed their plans (apparently as the result of the modified version scoring low on test screenings) mere weeks before the August 15, 2003 release, the announcement that the film would go into limited release in its original language (with only minor edits made to attain a "PG-13" rating) ensured that Chiau's debut on Western screens would adequately retain his distinctly Chinese cultural approach.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
UPC:
0031398141129
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:21:00
Sales rank:
15,947

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Chow Sing
Zhao Wei Mui
Ng Man Tat Fung
Patrick Tse Hung
Wong Yat-fei First Big Brother (Iron Head)
Tin Kai Man Third Big Brother (Iron Shirt)
Vincent Kok Shanxi Robert De Niro
Li Hui Beautiful Girl
Lam Tze Chung Sixth Small Brother (Weight Vest)
Chan Kwok Kwan Fourth Big Brother (Empty Hands)
Mo Mei Lin Second Big Brother (Hooking Leg)
Cecilia Cheung Slender Dragon Team Player
Karen Mok Slender Dragon Team Player
Zhang Mingming Little Hung
Cao Hua Goalkeeper of Devil Team
Fung Min Hun Gangster Team Leader
He Wen Hui Passenger
Hu Shao Qi Devil Team Player
Lam Tsz Sin Gangster
Lee Kin Yan Boss in Beauty
Li Bin Hong Devil Team Player
Lo Hoi Ying Gangster
Lu Wei Reporter
Ma Jun Long Gangster
Pu Ye Dong Little Fung
Shi Heng Jiang Devil Team Player
Shi Zi Yun Devil Team Player
Sun Chang Meng Hung's Assistant
Sun Chi Wing Manager
Tse Chi Wah General Manager of Karaoke
Tsui Na Boss in Steaming Bread Restaurant
Wong Kai Yue Big Brother
Wong So Ming Kim Gangster
Wong Yan Kit Referee
Xian Jian Rong Gangster
Yao Xu Gangster
Yeung Lun Butcher
Yuan Xiao Long Gangster
Zhao Yong Devil Team Player
Vicki Zhao Wei Actor
Li Hui Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Chow Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tsang Ken-cheong Screenwriter
Daniel Lam Producer
Ching Siu Tung Action Director
Raymond Wong Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:11]
2. Golden Leg [3:34]
3. Cheap Tricks [4:38]
4. Sweet Buns [6:35]
5. Mighty Steel Leg & Incredible Iron Head [3:06]
6. I'm Here to Play Soccer [5:29]
7. Kung Fu Soccer Pow! [7:50]
8. A Lot to Learn [4:39]
9. This Game Is War [4:45]
10. Their Power Is Coming Back [3:37]
11. Believe in Yourself [5:26]
12. Great Strength and Skill [4:06]
13. You're My Friend [3:32]
14. Where's Mui? [3:53]
15. Super Cup Finals [6:01]
16. Kung Fu Spirit [6:55]
17. The Replacement [4:59]
18. Celebration Time [2:36]
19. End Credits [4:39]
1. Opening Credits [2:29]
2. Golden Leg [4:47]
3. Mighty Steel Leg [5:42]
4. Sweet Buns [7:26]
5. "Shaolin Kung Fu Is Great" [5:26]
6. I'm Here to Play Soccer [4:33]
7. Gathering the Team [12:28]
8. A Lot to Learn [5:08]
9. This Game Is War [7:03]
10. They Are Back [3:49]
11. Team Shaolin [2:50]
12. So Beautiful [3:25]
13. Just an Illusion? [5:16]
14. A Rare Girl [7:05]
15. To the Finals! [3:54]
16. Where's Mui? [2:09]
17. Team Evil [7:11]
18. Dark Times [3:35]
19. Kung Fu Spirit [4:47]
20. The Replacement [5:12]
21. Celebration Time [2:54]
22. Outtakes & End Credits [2:02]

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