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Shaolin Soccer

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, sports


With tons of action, eye-popping special effects and nonstop laughs, here's a hilarious martial arts comedy about a team of misfits who take their best shot at winning a championship!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
3 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Untraditional underdog sports team story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some comic violence and crude humor, including a scene of a man peeing on a wall. There is some action/fantasy violence, and characters are wounded. Characters smoke and drink, and there's a reference to "American drugs" (presumably steroids). A character mentions suicide as a response to humiliation. There is a joke about being in love with a married woman. A character removes his pants (off camera) and makes another character wear his underpants on his head to humiliate him.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Sing saw Mui as beautiful even when no one else did. How did he know? What made it possible for the Shaolin team to begin to win? Families could also talk about the way that Sing made Shaolin into a way of life that affected everything he did.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    91%
    reviews counted: 26
    see all Shaolin Soccer reviews
  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Kung Fu and sports movies collide in writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's devilishly entertaining Honk Kong action movie.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It's the sort of movie that leaves you smiling like an idiot.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, April 2, 2004

Rotten: A hard chestnut to swallow.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Soccer star "Golden Leg" is bribed into throwing an important match and has his legs broken in retribution. Twenty years later he teams up with a young Kung Fu master to win a prestigious Soccer Tournament and revenge himself on the man responsible. Shaolin Soccer is a witty, tongue in cheek pastiche of multiple film genres, including martial arts epics, Jackie Chan style chop socky slapstick, sports underdog films and even spaghetti westerns. This mish mash of styles and genres reminded me very much of the kind of knowing comedy Simon Pegg would make rather than the juvenile scattershot parodies of Zucker/Abrams. There's a lot of humour in the notion that ordinary people are using Shaolin Kung Fu in everyday life and Chow cleverly uses loony tunes-style CGI and costumes to intercut between the mundane and "epic". The sports film formula is cleverly parodied (the villain's team is called "Team Evil") and the wire work during the match sequences is hilarious! Unfortunately, like Shaun Of The Dead, it is a bit of a one-idea film, and it could've stood to lose a little flab in the middle as it runs out of steam occasionally. But only occasionally. It's a very funny film with plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the combination of martial arts and football will appeal to stereotypical heterosexual men everywhere!

- garyX, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3 stars

Get ready to kick some grass! Good solid fun! I enjoyed it alot and I would watch again because its clean fun no dirty jokes or with double meaning. Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee whose amazing "leg of steel" catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers inspired by the big-money prize in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, it seems an unbeatable combination until they must face the dreaded Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title.

- MANUGINO, Sunday, February 19, 2012

4 stars

Best Kung-Fu Soccor movie of all time

- kenstachnik, Thursday, January 24, 2008