Shaolin Soccer (少林足球)

What is it?

The 2001 Hong Kong martial arts sports comedy movie Shaolin Soccer.

Shaolin Soccer | Official Trailer (HD) – Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao | MIRAMAX

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

One of Hong Kong’s top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor.

Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his “leg of steel.”.

However, these days there isn’t much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing’s talent for kicking to the soccer field.

Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a tournament that could net them a $1 million purse, but even with Sing’s footwork, beating the steroid-fueled champions will be no easy task.

Shaolin Soccer also features Man Tat Ng and Vicki Zhao.