Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: Shaolin Soccer (2001)

In 2001 writer/actor/director Stephen Chow combined martial arts and football (aka soccer) into one pf the greatest comedies ever made.

Chow plays “Mighty Steel Leg” Sing, a former Shaolin monk who dreams of bringing Shaolin Kung Fu to the masses. Along the way he meets “Golden Leg” Fung (Ng Man-tat), a legendary Hong Kong soccer star in his day, who is now walking with a limp, following the treachery of a former teammate Hung (Patrick Tse), now a rich businessman and owner manager of the top soccer team – Team Evil!

Fung witnesses Sing’s “mighty steel leg power” and persuades him to try soccer and enter the championship tournament. In the process Sing reunites with his five Shaolin brothers:

  • Iron Head (Wong Yat-fei) – the eldest Shaolin brother, he specializes in headers during match; before joining Sing he worked in a club.
  • Hooking Leg (Mok Mei-lam) – the second brother, “Hooking Leg” has Shaolin skills resembling ground tumbling boxing.
  • 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.
  • Empty Hand, “Lightning Hand” (Danny Chan Kwok-kwan): the fourth brother “Empty Hand”, Lightning Hand, bears much resemblance to Bruce Lee, even wearing the classic yellow and black jumpsuit. 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 over his opponents.

All six Shaolin brothers have not seen each other since their master’s death many years before. Sing persuades them to be part of the team and utilise their superhuman Shaolin Kung Fu skills to play soccer, defeat Team Evil and win the tournament. Then Sing will finally have brought Shaolin Kung Fu to the masses.

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