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As you would expect from the title and director. This movie plays out like a comedy-{{Wuxia}} sports movie.

Sing is a young Shaolin master who wants to spread the benefits of kung fu to the modern world -- with little success (even on a song-and-dance routine). Then he meets a disgraced and crippled former soccer star, "Golden Leg" Fung, who is now working as an errand boy for Hung, his ex-teammate responsible for the GameBreakingInjury that cut short his promising career. Initially unimpressed by Sing, Fung soon discovers Sing's unique trait: a kick strong enough to bring down a brick wall and send a beer can flying miles into the air.

Both men reach a consensus to form a football team specializing in shaolin, each with a mutual purpose: Fung seeks revenge upon Hung, while Sing uses the sport as a vessel for his discipline. To this end the latter sets about finding his five brothers, all possessors of unique physical strengths, but have since given up on shaolin and are in similarly disgraced predicaments as Fung. After initially rejecting Sing's pleas, the brothers get together to form Team Shaolin. They also proceed to wow the members of Team Rebellion, a gang of bullies led by a member of the mob, with their skills, recruiting them to their cause.

Fung enters the team in the China Super Cup in Hong Kong, where they run into Team Evil, a steroid-fueled team headed by none other than Hung, who is also using his position as chairman of the National Soccer League to rig the tournament in his favor.

Hong Kong superstar Creator/StephenChow directed the movie and played the main character. The movie became the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong's history in 2001 and won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Funny, over the top, slapstick, and filled with amazing CGI effects, it was the first Stephen Chow film that gained the attention of mainstream Western audiences.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Little Brother, the fat one, can basically ''fly''.
* AdamWesting: Patrick Tse Yin, a '60s screen idol better known now for Adam Westing, as Hung.
* AllYourColorsCombined: Team Evil's ultimate move is pumping the soccer ball with a crapload of dark energy.
* BadassLongcoat: Spoofed. One monk wears a grubby bathrobe that catches DramaticWind when he takes his place on the team.
* BareFistedMonk: Technically they ''all'' are, but Empty Hand fits this trope best.
* BattleAura: Explosions of fire as each of the six brothers remember who they are.
* BeautifulAllAlong: DoubleSubverted. Mui, originally a [[{{Gonk}} rather ugly girl]] with terrible acne, gets a makeover in hopes of attracting Sing. She ends up with streetwalker-thick makeup, hair straight out of TheEighties and shoulder pads. [[spoiler:Eventually she goes through a second transformation where she gives up the makeup, shaves her head bald... and looks better than ever, in time for a HeroicSecondWind against Team Evil.]]
* BerserkButton: Do not touch Little Brother's eggs.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Team Shaolin is good. Team Evil is bad.
* BlatantLies: Team Rebellion's captain has [[ImprovisedWeapon wrenches and tools]] falling out of his soccer shorts before the game begins. Each time, he delivers a protracted explanation that, as a mechanic, he has a valid excuse for tools to be in his shorts.
* BreakTheHaughty[=/=]GameBreakingInjury: How Fung ended up a cripple.
* BruceLeeClone: Empty Hand, who wears Lee's signature yellow tracksuit while tending goal. The actor playing him is a close friend of Stephen Chow, who tries to cast him in all of his movies for this exact reason. He's actually a choreographer who came up with the dance sequence. Bruce himself was a champion Cha-cha dancer.
* ClothingDamage: Happens several times, either to show that serious injury is occurring or for comedic effect.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Hung, president of the National Soccer League and manager of Team Evil, who ensures that all are [[DrugsAreBad drugged to maximum performance]].
* DeletedScene: The Miramax American release deleted about 30 minutes worth of scenes from the original theatrical release, making the movie more confusing as a result. Fortunately, the DVD offers the option to see either the edited American dub or the original with English subtitles.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: Mui traces a ''taijitu'' while making buns. This serves to set her apart as a [[{{UsefulNotes/Taoism}} Taoist]] Tai Chi practitioner, as opposed to the [[{{Buddhism}} Buddhist]] Shaolin monks. She also speaks Mandarin. The whole thing is to pay tribute to all of China's religious and martial-arts traditions.
* DramaticWind: Catches a monk's grubby bathrobe as if it were a BadassLongcoat.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Sing constantly points out a few people that would have less trouble with their lives if they just knew shaolin kung fu. [[spoiler:After defeating Team Evil, Sing and Mui were last seen walking amongst a crowd now [[MundaneUtility using kung fu to solve mundane problems]]. In the English dub, the song that plays in the background is a cover of "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The more spinning before a strike, the more powerful it becomes. Team Evil's most powerful attack involves spinning the ball at preposterous speeds so that it absorbs a giant black dragon. How do you counteract such a spin-powered strike? MORE SPINNING.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - Shaolin monks playing soccer. Any questions? Additionally, with a name like "Team Evil" you know [[ObviouslyEvil what to expect right off the bat]].
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: When Mui fends off her angry boss.
* ExtremityExtremist: The premise of Mighty Steel Leg and Hooking Leg's styles.
* FacePalm: [[spoiler:When Mui first takes the field... only to wind up on Team Evil's goal position.]]
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: [[spoiler:Mui as the new goalie makes a dramatic entrance and walks into the goal post... of Team Evil.]]
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Two of the female soccer players have fake facial hair.
* HardHead - "Iron Head", eldest of the Shaolin monks, gifted with a seemingly impervious cranium. His abusive boss repeatedly breaks bottles over his head to chastise his poor performance, with no effect.
* HeadsTailsEdge: One of the ex-monks states that their chances of winning the soccer tournament are the same as the coin landing on its side. A little later he drops it. [[TemptingFate Guess where it lands.]]
* TheHopelessReplacement: [[spoiler:In the last few minutes of the final match against Team Evil, Team Shaolin is short of one goalie, and will be forced to forfeit unless they find a a replacement. Cue Mui, shaved bald and in tai chi robes, stopping an enemy strike and pulling off a CombinationAttack with Sing for the winning goal]].
* IdiotHero: Sing takes the kung fu ideal of earnestness and straightforwardness a bit too far.
* ImportantHaircut: Mui gets two haircuts at critical points. First she tries to impress Sing, but she looks terrible. Then [[spoiler:she shaves her head when she joins Team Shaoling as replacement goalie. Somehow the makeover reveals that she's BeautifulAllAlong]]. Sing also gets to [[DeadpanSnarker make jokes about it.]]
-->"Why did you cut your hair like an alien? Go back to Mars! Earth is very dangerous!"
* InstantCosplaySurprise: Fung ends up wearing Shaolin Monk gear and a beard during Sing's speech.
* KungFuSonicBoom: So many examples. A player exhibiting an aura turning into a puma, a ball turning into flames, a kick uprooting most of the soccer field and literally blowing away a player or an ''entire team''.
* LargeHam: Patrick Tse Yin as Hung, who even out-chews Sing and Fung. Also see AdamWesting above.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:After his humiliating defeat to Team Shaolin, Hung is removed as president of the National Soccer League and gets a five-year prison term for drugging Team Evil, whose members are now permanently banned from professional competition.]]
* MadeOfIron: It's called Iron Vest style for a reason.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: Sing and his brothers play football with kung fu. Mui uses tai chi when baking. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, martial arts in basically used for everything (including car parking).]]
* MirrorBoss: Team Evil's players have most of the same abilities as the monks.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When Team Shaolin advances up the tournament ladder.
* MundaneUtility:
** Sing believes that kung fu is relevant in this modern age because you can use Chi Blasts to help [[ParallelParking parallel park]]. [[spoiler:The movie ends with a woman doing just that, as well as other people using Wuxia-style Kung-fu in their daily lives. In the American release, this last scene is set to a remix of "EverybodyWasKungFuFighting".]]
** Mui uses tai-chi to bake [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cESzWzchDtw taijibread]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[spoiler:The Team Evil goalie at the end.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: In some English translations, the opposing team is actually ''called'' Team Evil. Their name is more subtly evil in the original language.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Team Shaolin trains in martial arts to improve their lives as well as their playing ability. Team Evil uses soulless technology and [[DrugsAreBad steroids]] to improve performance.
* PaperThinDisguise: While advancing through the tournament, Team Shaolin faces off against Team ''Drag''on, whose two star players are women with obviously fake moustaches stuck on their faces. Both are Hong Kong pop celebrities Cecilia Cheung and Karen Mok, who are former female leads of Chow's movies.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Sing had to track down his old training buddies to reunite and begin practicing kung fu again. Most of them are working in menial jobs and are unmotivated.
* ScienceIsUseless: [[spoiler:Team Shaolin defeats the steroid-taking Team Evil in the end -- achieved by [[BigDamnHeroes a shaven Mui's timely appearance]] and her [[ChekhovsGun tai chi skills]]. One short segment where Team Shaolin nearly score a goal shows that they almost certainly would have won had [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hung]] not rigged the match so his Team Evil could just brutalize Team Shaolin.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Team Rebellion's coach cuts and runs after Team Shaolin reawakens their dormant skills, mops the field, and convinces his players to [[HeelFaceTurn defect to Sing's side]].
* ShapingYourAttacks: During the match against Team Evil, Sing's kick is so hard that the ball catches fire and turns into a flaming tiger. Unfortunately, this proves to be useless, as Team Evil's goalkeeper stops the ball effortlessly.
* ShoutOut
** Empty Hand, Team Shaolin's goalkeeper, is a very obvious one to BruceLee, right down to the yellow jumpsuit. What makes it funny is that originally he was the choreographer brought in for the dance sequence.
** The film contains plenty of Shout Outs to Hong Kong TV and film. For example, Team Dragon's obviously mustachioed female star players are a parody of countless comedies where pretty females don a fake mustache and everyone thinks she's a guy; at the end the lady who slips but then does a handstand flip back onto her feet and flicks her long hair before walking past Sing has the exact slowmotion-fastmotion-slowmotion take as a well-known shampoo commercial from the 90s.
** The water-in-the-glass scene from ''JurassicPark'', when Sing is slamming the ball against the wall while exercising.
** For the moment when [[spoiler:Mui blocks Team Evil's ball]], someone decided to make the music [[Disney/TheLionKing "King of Pride Rock"]] for whatever reason.
* ShrinkingViolet: Mui is unattractive, constantly mumbling, withdrawn and eventually pulls out of public life to become a nun. [[spoiler:Until the final showdown, when she appears, bald-headed, BeautifulAllAlong, and, with Sing, pulls off a yin-yang combo of tai chi and shaolin to utterly defeat Team Evil.]]
* SuperStrength: Most of Team Shaolin and ''all'' of Team Evil's players exhibit this.
* ThrowItIn: Chow's SignatureStyle at work -- see if you can spot all the outtakes that make it into the actual movie.
* UnnecessaryRoughness
** On two instances, players deliberately try to break an opposing player's leg.
** Team Rebellion's entire playing style is built around simply beating up the Shaolin team. The captain even has wrenches hidden in his shorts, which keep falling out before the game even begins.
** Team Evil's play causes [[GameBreakingInjury some rather serious injuries]] on Team Shaolin's players.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Team Evil gets plenty of chances to rack up the goals, but opt to inflict injuries on Team Shaolin instead.
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