Shaolin Soccer

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by on 1/19/2007

It is Stephen Chow's best film. Very funny, and great effects.

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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.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40245031
UPC 786936208412
UPC 14 00786936208412
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating Rating
Hong Kong
Kung Fu
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow
Ng Man-Tat
Vicki Zhao
Cast & Crew
Alan Tam - Actor
Cecilia Cheung - Actor
Karen Mok - Actor
Ng Man-Tat - Actor
Stephen Chow - Actor
Stephen Chow - Director
Stephen Chow - Screenplay
Tseng Kan Cheong - Screenplay
Vicki Zhao - Actor
Yeong Kwok Fa - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2915803
UPC 00786936208412
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Chinese
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
DVD, English, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Chow,Stephen
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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