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Plot[ edit ] 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.
Empty Hand uses his superhuman speed to catch objects kicked at him. Sing meets Mui Zhao Wei , a baker with severe acne who uses Tai chi to bake mantou , and even takes her to look at very expensive dresses at a high-end department store after hours.
She soon forms an attachment to Sing and even gets a makeover in an attempt to impress Sing. However, this backfires and when Mui reveals her feelings to him, he tells her he only wants to be her friend. This revelation, coupled with the constant bullying from her overbearing boss, leads Mui to disappear.
The striker of Team Evil prepares for his most powerful attack. Team Shaolin enters the open cup competition in Hong Kong, where they chalk up successive and often ridiculous one-sided victories.
They end up meeting Team Evil in the final, owned by none other than Hung. Team Evil had been injected with an American drug , granting them superhuman strength and speed, making them practically invincible, and they bring Team Shaolin back to reality when Team Evil's amazing capabilities prove more than a match for them.
After Team Evil takes out Team Shaolin's goalkeepers, Mui, who has shaved her hair and improved her face, reappears to keep goal for Team Shaolin.
In their final attack, Team Evil's striker leaps into the sky and kick the ball with enormous force towards Mui; she uses her martial art to divert and stop it, thus preventing a goal. Mui and Sing combine their martial skills and rocket the ball downfield. The ball plows through Team Evil's goal post, thereby scoring the winning goal.
Sing is then thrown into the air in celebration as the trophy is presented to him and his team.
A newspaper article then shows Hung being stripped of his title of soccer chairman and sent to jail for five years, while Team Evil players are permanently banned from playing soccer professionally. Sing goes out for a morning walk and feels happy to see people practicing Kung Fu.
The camera pans to the poster of Sing and Mui who have married and become famous. He is the team's striker and uses his extremely powerful kicks to make unstoppable soccer shots.
Iron Head Wong Yat-fei : the eldest Shaolin brother, he specializes in headers during match; before joining Sing he worked in a club. Iron Shirt Tin Kai-man : the third brother, "Iron Shirt" can absorb all kinds of blunt force attacks with little to no injuries, as well as siphoning and shooting the ball with his abdomen.
His insanely fast hands allows him to catch objects thrown at him with pinpoint accuracy. Light Weight Vest Lam Chi-chung : the sixth brother "Light Weight" is obese and gluttonous after being diagnosed to have a pituitary disease, but despite his illness, he is capable of jumping incredible heights over his opponents.
Mui Zhao Wei : A baker and Sing's love interest. She's very skilled in manipulating objects with tai chi. She doesn't speak Cantonese, but everyone else still understands her and vice versa. He is Fung's nemesis from past till now.
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His incredibly strong hands are capable of crushing a thick metal crossbar. Team Dragon Players No. Team Rebellion Captain Fung Min-hun : He is a vicious mobster who wields a crescent wrench and steel mallet as weapons.
Inspiration[ edit ] The inspiration for Shaolin Soccer came from Chow wanting a unique premise for a martial arts action film.
The animation was very big in Hong Kong over ten years ago when it swept kids of all ages and even adults loved it. It has a cult following in Europe as well. But it was only possible with pen and ink back then, now with the advent of CGI, it can really be done Chow comments he made Chan wear Bruce Lee 's yellow-and-black tracksuit because only the goalkeeper "can wear a special uniform.
Chow defends his decision to hire non-actors, saying, "In terms of finding talent, I try to bring out the funniest thing I notice about them during casting, if it made us laugh at the casting, it will also do on the big screen.
However, Zhao admitted that she was not impressed with her look with less makeup because she is easily recognisable for her beautiful appearance. The scenes deleted from the DVD version are the dance sequence in front of Mui's bakery, much of the conversation over Mui's makeover and the blooper reel before the end credits.
Viewers can also access the making of key special effects scenes as well. This version features an English dub with Chow dubbing his own voice and Bai Ling as the voice of Mui. The site's critical consensus reads: "The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.