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Shaolin Soccer

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The Promotional poster of Shaolin Soccer

Shaolin Soccer (Template:Zh-cp) is a 2001 Hong Kong comedy directed by acclaimed HK comedian, actor and director, Stephen Chow.

Shaolin Soccer tells the story of Sing (Stephen Chow), a former Shaolin master whose mission is to let the world know about the benefits of the ancient technique. He experiments with various methods to mainstream the technique, including comedic song and dance routines, until his meeting with a soccer coach, Fung (Ng Man-Tat), leads him to think of incorporating it with soccer. Together with his fellow former Shaolin monks, Sing and Fung attempt to put together an unbeatable soccer team.

The humour in Shaolin Soccer involves Chinese wordplay, gross-out gags, parodies of popular films (including The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park), and many over-the-top actions scenes mimicking the wuxia genre. It was banned in Mainland China as some considered it to have ridiculed the sport of soccer.

With a gross of HK$66M, Shaolin Soccer became the highest grossing film in Hong Kong history, to be surpassed by Stephen Chow's next film, Kung Fu Hustle.

Miramax released an edited version of Shaolin Soccer in the US market on April 2, 2004. Missing over 20 minutes of footage and featuring English dubbing, the Miramax release came under heavy criticism from Hong Kong film fans leading the studio to reinstate both the excised footage and the original Chinese language audio as a viewer option for the US DVD release.

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Awards

  • 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards: Best Movie Award, Best Young Director, Best Character, Best Supporting Role

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