Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Genres - Comedy, Action  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Comedy, Martial Arts  |   Release Date - Apr 2, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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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.

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