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Director: Stephen Chow     Starring: Stephen Chow Ng Man-Tat Vicki Zhao
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40245031
UPC: 786936208412
UPC 14: 00786936208412
Category Keywords: Chinese  Hong Kong  Kung Fu  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A hilarious action-packed comedy about a handful of misfits who form a soccer team and use their extraordinary kung fu skills to beat their arch rivals. With amazing stunts and special effects, it is fun for soccer and martial arts fans of all ages.
Editor's Note
Hong Kong satirist Stephen Chow wrote, directed, and stars in this hilarious spoof of sports and kung fu movie cliches. Chow plays "Mighty Steel Leg" Sing, who can kick soda cans through walls, and is a natural soccer star in the eyes of crippled coach Fung (Patrick Se Yin), who is looking to challenge his arch rival Hung, the captain of the aptly named Evil Team. Recruiting Sing and his goofy brothers who all have names like Steel Head, Hook Kick Leg, and Weight Vest (with qualities to match), Hung's team soon rises through the ranks via their supernatural Kung Fu soccer skills. There's also a love interest in the form of a shy girl (Vicki Zhao Wei) who uses martial arts magic in making steamed bread. MATRIX-style digital effects elevate the actor's martial arts skills to ludicrous heights, giving the clichéd story such a giddy, high-octane boost it soars into a comic class by itself. Soccer balls ripple through the air like slo-mo bullets, smashing through walls, and flying thousands of feet in the air. A box office smash in the East, SHAOLIN SOCCER should prove irresistible to open-minded Westerners looking for a laugh-out-loud experience.

Features

Video Features DVD, English, Dubbed, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2915803
Video UPC UPC: 00786936208412
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Chinese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Tam
Video Cast Info Cecilia Cheung
Video Cast Info Karen Mok
Video Cast Info Ng Man-Tat
Video Cast Info Stephen Chow
Video Cast Info Vicki Zhao
Video Cast Info Stephen Chow - Director
Video Cast Info Stephen Chow - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Tseng Kan Cheong - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Yeong Kwok Fa - Producer

Professional Reviews

Premiere
"...This movie represents comedy-action lunacy of a truly high, and endlessly bizarre, order..." 07/01/2003 p.24-5

Entertainment Weekly
"[K]icked out with nutty energy by star, director and co-writer Stephen Chow." 04/09/2004 p.62

New York Times
"The movie is crammed with pastiche, paying tribute to Sergio Leone westerns, 1970's bad-hair musicals and Bruce Lee." 04/02/2004 p.E13

Los Angeles Times
"[A]n infectious knockabout kung fu comedy with amusing special effects combined with breathtaking stunts." 04/02/2004 p.C11

Sight and Sound
"[A]n amiably silly spoof of the sports-movie and martial-arts genres....[With a] broad, good-natured brand of knockabout..." 12/01/2004 p.63-4

Uncut
"[T]he original spirit of star-director Stephen Chow's crowd-pleaser remains gloriously intact." 12/01/2004 p.179

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Chow,Stephen
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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