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Shaolin Soccer(少林足球)

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Hong Kong, China · 2001
Rated PG · 1h 53m
Director Stephen Chow
Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man-tat, Patrick Tse Yin
Genre Action, Comedy

Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee who catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers to compete in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and soccer skills, it seems like an unbeatable combination until they face the dreaded Team Evil.

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Ricardo Rico Profile picture for Ricardo Rico

Stephen Chow manages to turn a silly premise into a pretty incredible film. The action is a very entertaining mix of physics defying wire fu and cartoon inspired absurdity. Juxtaposed to that is fantastic traditional chinese music. It's consistently very funny, and there's even a large dance number. Chow throws everything he can manage to fit into this film and it all somehow works.

What are critics saying?


Village Voice by Ed Park

Crammed with wild action, obvious but well-mounted gags, and playful effects, the film is refreshingly silly.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Proving there's always a new way to tell an old story, Stephen Chow pulls out all the stops for one of the silliest, sweetest and most fun family films in recent memory.


L.A. Weekly by John Patterson

The movie has a rambunctious and likable energy that compensates for its unsteady, only intermittently amusing narrative.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Everything you've ever loved (or hated) but were afraid to laugh at in Asian martial-arts movies, ''Matrix''-ian bullet-time actioners, and Farrellyesque slapstick comedies -- all rolled into Hong Kong's highest-grossing local production ever.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

The film's much-vaunted stunts are deliberately unrealistic, from over-the-top wire-work to CGI-soccer balls that streak through the air like flaming cannon balls.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

If you're looking for substance in a Hong Kong movie, stick with Wong Kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love"). But if brainless, predictable fun will do, check out Shaolin Soccer.

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