Shaolin Soccer (Chinese: 少林足球) is a 2001 sports comedy film directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, years after their master's death, to apply their superhuman martial arts skills to play football and bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses.
Sing is a master of Shaolin kung fu, whose goal in life is to promote the spiritual and practical benefits of the art to modern society. He experiments with various methods, but none bear positive results. He then meets "Golden Foot" Fung, a legendary Hong Kong soccer star in his day, who is now walking with a limp, following the betrayal of a former teammate Hung, now a rich businessman. Sing explains his desires to Fung who offers his services to coach Sing in soccer. Sing is compelled by the idea of promoting kung fu through soccer and agrees to enlist his former Shaolin brothers to form a team under Fung's management. Sing and Fung attempt to put together an unbeatable soccer team. Fung invites a vicious team to play against them and the thugs proceed to give the Shaolin team a brutal beating. When all seems lost, the Shaolin disciples reawaken and utilise their special powers, dismantling the other team's rough play easily. The thugs then give up and ask to join Sing's team.
|award||Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film|
|genre||action comedy fantasy|
|keywords||acne after hours amaze ban beat bowl bully department store dope drug football in hong kong forward hong kong hong kong soccer id mantou married meet modern society morning newspaper article rough play shaolin kung fu shave striker superhuman strength tai chi walk win world championship|
|productionCompany||Star Overseas Ltd Universe Entertainment Ltd|
|publisher||Miramax Films Universe Entertainment Ltd.|
|theme||action comedy kung fu martial arts sports comedy|