Shaolin SoccerJuly 12, 2001
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 7.3/10 (30,104 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yut Fei Wong
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.
Writers: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang
Mighty Steel Leg Sing
Man Tat Ng
Golden Leg Fung
(as Ng Man Tat)
Team Evil Coach Hung
(as Patrick Tse Yin)
Banana Peel Girl
Team Moustache Player 1
Team Moustache Player 2
Team Puma Leader
Kai Man Tin
Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
Chi Chung Lam
Light Weight (Small Brother)
Lightning Hands (Fourth Brother)
Mei Lin Mo
Ming Ming Zhang
Pu Ye Dong
Shi Zi Yun
Team Evil Center
Get ready to kick some grass!
Release Date: 12 July 2001
Filming Locations: Shanghai, China
Opening Weekend: €336,463
(13 April 2003)
(1 August 2001)
Did You Know?
This was the most successful Hong Kong-made movie ever in Hong Kong, making HK$60 million (about US$4.7 million) at the local box office.
Phone home like ET, Mui. You don't belong on Earth.
Best sports comedy ever?
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.