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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Siu Lam juk kau (original 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Golden Leg Fung (as Ng Mang Tat) (as Mang Tat Ng)
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Mui (as Vicki Zhao)
Yin Tse ...
Team Evil Coach Hung (as Patrick Tse Yin)
Hui Li ...
Banana Peel Girl
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Team Moustache Player 1
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Team Moustache Player 2
Vincent Kok ...
Team Puma Leader
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Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
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Iron Head (First Brother) (as Wong Kai Yue)
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Light Weight (Small Brother) (as Lam Tze Chung)
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Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother) (as Chan Kwon Kwan)
Mei Lin Mo ...
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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Kick some grass! See more »

Genres:

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:

$1,352,456 (France) (23 August 2002)

Gross:

$488,872 (USA) (22 August 2004)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of three Chinese films acquired by Miramax in 2002 for major U.S. distribution, following the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The other films were Ying xiong (2002) and Zu Warriors (2001). In April 2004, this film was given a limited U.S. theatrical release. Hero (2002) was given a successful wide release in September 2004. Zu Warriors (2001) was released straight-to-DVD in August 2005. See more »

Quotes

Sing: [after his team gets brutally beaten by Team Gangster] Why don't you stop them? They're being unlawful!
Golden Leg Fung: I'm the referee! I won't stop them!
Sing: What do you mean by that? You basically want us to die!
Golden Leg Fung: [blows his whistle] You! Out of the game!
Sing: Have you gone nuts?
Golden Leg Fung: This is a test! If none of you can pass it, then you can't play in the soccer league!
Sing: Well, this is a soccer game! This isn't a war!
Golden Leg Fung: The final soccer game is a war.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown before the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kung Fu Hustle (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ti chu ge wei lai
(Kick to the Future)
Composed by Jacky Chan
Arranged by Terry Chan
Lyrics by Andy Lau
Performed by Andy Lau
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Best sports comedy ever?
4 November 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Wow, I was really surprised by this movie. It is totally unique, I've never seen anything else like it. There is a very charming love story, and the effects are really cool. The idea of combining kung fu with soccer is very original.... even though it's so bizarre, you'll find yourself asking why nobody has done anything like this before. I laughed constantly throughout this movie and went out and bought it a few days after I first saw it.

I would recommend it to everyone I know. This is the best Asian comedy since the heyday of Jackie Chan and "Fighting Benny"! Go see it, buy it, whatever, just make sure you do see this film.

I would be surprised if there is not a sequel. This film should have been released theatrically in the US; I've heard Miramax handled it. Sorry guys you lost millions of dollars, this film would have been a smash hit. They probably just didn't think that soccer would sell in America, but word of mouth would have sold this movie very well.


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