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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 031398141129
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 3:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,706

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
Li Hui
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   U.S. Theatrical Version
      Play Movie
      Scene Selection
      Set Up
         Spoken Languages
            English
            Cantonese
            French
         Captions & Subtitles
            English
            English for the Hearing Impaired
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   Original Chinese Version
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      Scene Selection
      Captions and Subtitles
         English Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good movie but just a little different.

    If you like the martial arts. You may just like this movie.
    I liked it and the next time I watch it I will enjoy it all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is ridiculously funny!

    Stephen Chow did an amazing job of creating a story involving real characters in not so real, but agreeable situations. He has given each character a personality of its own just to create comedy, with a humor that is sometimes honest and others rough. It has some great comedy moments although, coming from the characters, very peculiar ones. It basically all comes from the characters. You have different persons, united by one thing: Shaolin Kung-Fu. And then you have one man, with one passion: Soccer. This premise helps to create human emotions in the characters. They all have a past that, for some reason, want to forget. Except one of them, who could be living in the past, and still thinks in the goodness of Shaolin Kung-Fu. He believes in it so much, that he gives speeches to people about the qualities of his culture, and the improvement it could do in society. He is right, and sooner or later, she will remind these things to some people, and they will all remember. They will all be prepared to get together again. What a good-hearted film this is, and how it is filmed, it's beyond imagination. You will find special effects from other world. In occasions, these will seem slow for you, and you will think they are not well managed or handled but then you will watch. Watching will make you connect all the elements of the story, to make it one. In elements I include special effects, and say again: they couldn't be done better, especially in a movie like this one. The entire cast did a wonderful job in their roles by giving their characters the personal development they need. They are not playing the most complex people in the world, but they still know what characters they're playing. Some of the scenes, such as the first time we see Mui making bread, are absolute genius so funny that you can’t help but to laugh. I felt Mui seemed like she should have been in more of the film, and I've read that a lot of her part got cut out of the American release, which is a shame. A number of people are saying the original is vastly superior to the edited U.S. version, but this version is so great that I would be mightily impressed if that were true. The idea of this movie is ingenious, using the style of extravagant martial arts films in a soccer movie, and is done beautifully. You will probably find something you've seen before, I can't deny that. You will find the ending you expect, the situations you imagine, the resolutions you anticipate, or not. You'll have the old coach, the person with the dreams and the heart, the girl it's just that you'll have them differently (you'll realize what I mean). This is another type of cliché, a very different one, so different that I would say it is not a cliché at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wacky but impressive

    "Shaolin Soccer" is astoundingly hilarious--a broadly fulfilling sports-themed action-comedy with breathtakingly satirical special effects. No other movie like it has come out of Hong Kong nor from Hollywood, lending to its runaway popularity with fans across the globe. Offering an outlandish but inventive merger of the sports and martial arts genres plus ridiculous character traits, "Shaolin Soccer" is so silly that it almost raises the bar of silver screen absurdity to new heights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laugh til you cry

    'Shaolin Soccer' is the best yet Hong Kong film to come accross. Stephen Chow is a genius! I loved this movie! Vicki Zhou played a great role. This movie is great with all the added in comedy! I loved it and so will you. See it today if you haven't. I bet that even the language barrier won't be a problem.

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