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Shaolin Soccer (US release)

Director(s): Stephen Chow

Theatrical Release: 2001

Cast: Stephen Chow, Vicky Zhao Wei, Ng Man Tat, Patrick Tse, Vincent Kok, Li Hui

Genre(s): Comedy, sports, martial arts, Action, Dean's List

Countries: Hong Kong


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Running Time: 111m.

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 are earning their keep as garbage men until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing's talent for kicking to the football field. Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a tournament that could net them a one-million-dollar purse, but even with Sing's footwork, beating the steroid-fueled champions will be no easy task. Siulam Chukkau (released in English-speaking countries as Shaolin Soccer) also features Man Tat Ng and Vicki Zhao. - Mark Deming (allmovie.com)

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Truly magnificent action comedy! by roid - May 25, 2008
I must first say that you really have to make sure you select the Chinese Version (you can select this version even if you rent the U.S. release); it seems that the only difference (that I can recall) is that the U.S. version doesn't have the fantastic choreographed music/dance number that the Chinese version has.
Shaolin Soccer is a perfect blend of martial arts, slapstick comedy, and ragtag-to-awesome sports team story (with a hint of romance). Director and star Stephen Chow demonstrates how computer animation, when used judiciously, can be for good (and not for ill, or lame, let alone evil). Plus, Shaolin Soccer always makes me shed a tear during the first dumpling making scene and the climactic finale.
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