Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Sports & Recreation, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Comedy, Martial Arts  |   Release Date - Apr 2, 2004 (USA - Limited), Aug 24, 2004 (USA)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Turkey, United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

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.




soccer, Shaolin, monk, proving-oneself, underdog, courage, determination