Shaolin Soccer (2004)

Shaolin Soccer



Critic Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kan-Cheung Tsang, Tseng Kan Cheong, Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong, Tsang Ken-cheong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Shaolin Soccer

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (32)

A spirited crowd-pleaser.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

You could call it a guilty pleasure, but that would suggest you feel bad about enjoying yourself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

May be the funniest out-and-out comedy of the summer.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Untraditional underdog sports team story.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Kung Fu and sports movies collide in writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's devilishly entertaining Honk Kong action movie.

Full Review… | May 5, 2009

Audience Reviews for Shaolin Soccer


A hilarious goofy comedy that has me down in tears from laughing so hysterically, and what makes it so amazing is how it embraces all together kung fu action, Western movies tropes, cartoonish visual effects and delicious nonsense to create a unique martial arts movie.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Soccer star "Golden Leg" is bribed into throwing an important match and has his legs broken in retribution. Twenty years later he teams up with a young Kung Fu master to win a prestigious Soccer Tournament and revenge himself on the man responsible. Shaolin Soccer is a witty, tongue in cheek pastiche of multiple film genres, including martial arts epics, Jackie Chan style chop socky slapstick, sports underdog films and even spaghetti westerns. This mish mash of styles and genres reminded me very much of the kind of knowing comedy Simon Pegg would make rather than the juvenile scattershot parodies of Zucker/Abrams. There's a lot of humour in the notion that ordinary people are using Shaolin Kung Fu in everyday life and Chow cleverly uses loony tunes-style CGI and costumes to intercut between the mundane and "epic". The sports film formula is cleverly parodied (the villain's team is called "Team Evil") and the wire work during the match sequences is hilarious! Unfortunately, like Shaun Of The Dead, it is a bit of a one-idea film, and it could've stood to lose a little flab in the middle as it runs out of steam occasionally. But only occasionally. It's a very funny film with plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the combination of martial arts and football will appeal to stereotypical heterosexual men everywhere!

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Get ready to kick some grass!

Good solid fun! I enjoyed it alot and I would watch again because its clean fun no dirty jokes or with double meaning.

Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee whose amazing "leg of steel" catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers inspired by the big-money prize in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, it seems an unbeatable combination until they must face the dreaded Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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