Shaolin Soccer (2004)

Shaolin Soccer (2004)



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.

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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.
PG-13 (for action violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Wei Zhao
as Mui
Man Tat Ng
as Fung
Yut Fei Wong
as Iron Head
Wong Yat-fei
as First Big Brother (Iron Head)
Cecilia Cheung
as Slender Dragon Team Player
Karen Mok
as Slender Dragon Team Player
Hui Li
as Beautiful Girl
Vincent Kok
as Shanxi Robert De Niro
Kai Man Tin
as Third Big Brother
Wong Kai Yue
as Big Brother
Mo Mei Lin
as Second Big Brother
Zhang Mingming
as Little Hung
Lam Tze Chung
as Sixth Small Brother
Chan Kwok Kwan
as Fourth Big Brother
Zhang Ming Ming
as Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong
as Little Fung
Shi Zi Yun
as Player of Devil Team
Cao Hua
as Goalkeeper of Devil Team
Li Bin Hong
as Devil Team Player
Zhao Yong
as Devil Team Player
Shi Heng Jie
as Devil Team Player
Shi Heng Jiang
as Devil Team Player
Hu Shao Qi
as Devil Team Player
Lam Tsz Sin
as Gangster
Yuan Xiao Long
as Gangster
Wong So Ming Kim
as Gangster
Lo Hoi Ying
as Gangster
Xian Jian Rong
as Gangster
Ma Jun Long
as Gangster
Yao Xu
as Gangster
Lee Kin Yan
as Boss in Beauty
Min Hun Fung
as Gangster Team Leader
Tsui Na
as Boss in Steaming Bread Restaurant
Mok Wai Man
as Hung's Assistant
Sun Chang Meng
as Hung's Assistant
He Wen Hui
as Passenger
Lu Wei
as Reporter
Tse Chi Wah
as General Manager of Karaoke
Sun Chi Wing
as Manager
Wong Yan Kit
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Shaolin Soccer

All Critics (90) | 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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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

Shaolin Soccer is one of those unlikely combinations, like Vanilla Coke or Christian rock, that fits so well, you're left wondering why no one thought of it before.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Catnip to those familiar with the conventions of Hong Kong martial arts movies.

Full Review… | July 9, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shaolin Soccer


A hilarious goofy comedy that makes me laugh to tears from beginning to end, 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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Chow's comedic creativity knows no bounds. From a soccer field under attack, turned into a war movie sketch, to the gongfu moves on the soccer field where turf and clothes equally go flying--everything is so delightfully kua zhang (exaggerated). Enjoyed the cameos from Karen Mok and Cecilia Cheung, and Danny Chan Kwok-kwan's Bruce Lee impersonation. The only reason I'm not rating 5 stars is for the lower production value and some unconvincingly awkward chemistry between characters.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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