Shaolin Soccer (2001)

The movie starts with a former soccer player Fung (Ng Man Tat), nicknamed Golden Leg, who had his leg broken and had since become a soccer coach. However, he has lost his coaching position and wanders the street where he runs into Sing (Stephen Chow), a Shaolin kung fu master wanting to spread martial arts. However, Fung is uninterested and leaves.

The movie's protagonist Sing (Stephen Chow) 

The plot continues following Sing who eventually gets into a fight which Fung witnesses and suggests they form a soccer team. Finding the idea promising, Sing tries to recruit his Shaolin brothers. While hope seems lost, the brothers end up coming to Sing's call and Fung begins to coach them.

After some initial coaching, Fung arranges a scrimmage between the Shaolin players and the gang which Sing fought with earlier. The opposing team, as Fung expected, plays dirty and get Fung's message across: soccer is war. Almost losing their dignity, the Shaolin players get their Shaolin kung fu back and show they have the opportunity to win.

The goalie gathers all the shoes thrown at him and sends them back with the ball.

As such, Fung signs the team up for an open tournament run by a former teammate of his named Hung, the person responsible for Fung's broken leg. Meanwhile, Sing continues to talk with a girl named Mui (Vicki Zhao), who uses t'ai chi to make steam buns. While he seems to like her, when she reveals that she likes him romantically, he tells her he doesn't feel that way about her.

In any case, as expected, Team Shaolin make their way to the finals and look to face Hung's team: Team Evil. Prior to coming to the match, however, Sing looks to give Mui a ticket to the event, but finds she has been fired for making salty steamed buns instead of sweet steamed buns. He tastes one and realizes the buns must have been salty due to her tears dripping into the flour mix.

Mui  (Vicki Zhao) uses t'ai chi to make sweet steamed buns.

Who will win the final tournament match? And will Sing eventually get together with Mui? Watch the movie and find out!

Expecting just a martial arts movie, I was surprised to find the movie full of jokes and humor. I found myself cracking up at the movie's many jokes and loved how it played out. While the movie move can be over-the-top ridiculous, it manages to do so in an enjoyable way.

This is a fun movie that I would expect most people would enjoy. Do yourself a favor and check it out as soon as you can!


As credit to how much I enjoy this movie, I unintentionally ended up watching it again while creating this post.

Instant Comments:
1: Zhao Wei. She's so pretty. They did a great job making her unrecognizable.
2: References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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Vicki Zhao

Watched 20130610 (Netflix, Instant) (English subtitles, Cantonese audio)
Watched 20130808 (Netflix, Instant, HD) (English subtitles, Cantonese audio)
Shaolin Soccer (2001) Stephen Chow. 87 min

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