In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.
Release Year: 2004
Rating: 7.7/10 (54,973 voted)
Critic's Score: 78/100
Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen
Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.
Writers: Man Keung Chan, Stephen Chow
Crocodile Gang Boss
(as Feng Xiao Gang)
Zhi Hua Dong
(as Danny Chan)
Chi Chung Lam
Bone (Sing's Sidekick)
(as Lam Tze Chung)
Kai Man Tin
Axe Gang Advisor
Kang Xi Jia
Axe Gang Vice General
(as Cheng Yan Yuen)
Chi Ling Chiu
From walking disaster to kung fu master
Release Date: 22 April 2005
Filming Locations: Shanghai, China
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $260,000
(9 January 2005)
(12 June 2005)
Did You Know?
Shaolin Soccer (Shaolin Soccer) in February 2005 to become the highest-grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong.
When Brother Sum is about set the children alight, he throws the lighter and it falls just a foot away from his feet, but then we see it flying dramatically through the air above the children's heads.
Ever killed anyone?
I've always thought about it.
Goodness me, what a fantastic movie. Caught the world premiere at the
Toronto International Film Festival and the entire theater laughed
until they cried. Amazingly directed, HILARIOUSLY funny, it blends a
1930s gangster stylishness into a Hong Kong kung fu movie to
astonishing results. Who would've thought you could top Shaolin Soccer?
Not me, until I saw this movie. Stephen Chow pulled it off. Chow's
comedic timing gets better and better with every movie he makes, and
while his films are depending more and more on CGI these days, and
makes this movie much more a fantasy kung fu film than a traditional
one, it hardly detracts from the enjoyable experience. Make it your
mission to see this film – it will be one of the most entertaining you
ever see. I can't remember the last film I enjoyed myself in more. My
eyes still hurt from wiping away tears of laughter. Seriously.