YMMV / Shaolin Soccer

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment - When Sing first meets Mui at the bun stand, he sings a song to compliment her use of cooking and Tai Chi. When she accuses him of mocking her, a nearby patron backs up his sincerity with his own song, which inspires everyone nearby to join in a synchronized dance number. Naturally, this scene was deleted from the American release.
  • Colbert Bump - Expect a surge of interest in this movie anytime the World Cup rolls around.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening credits
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "Empty Hand", Team Shaolin's goalie, who is also a Bruce Lee Clone. In fact, this earned Danny Chan a role in a legitimate Bruce Lee 2008 television biopic after this, including a Role Reprisal as Lee in the third Ip Man film.
  • Evil Is Sexy - Team Evil's goalie is incredibly pretty.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Unsurprisingly, dubs exist for "soccer giant" countries like France and Brazil.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - The ominous Buddhist droning-chanting we hear as Team Shaolin recovers their abilities may have a different effect on viewers now that the 2010 South Africa World Cup has popularized the vuvuzela.
    • Speaking of which, Empty Hand has been compared to Guillermo Ochoa, and curb-stomp matches shown in this movie aren't that far from reality after what Germany did to Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.
    • Fans of supposed Spiritual Successor Inazuma Eleven have already drew connections between it and this movie.
  • Hollywood Homely - Chinese actress Zhao Wei is exceptionally beautiful in Real Life. While her character Mui should be the opposite (particularly because of the acne), she still appears as what Zhao Wei naturally looks like.
  • Memetic Mutation - Iron Head's shocked face is a popular reaction image macro.
    • "Go back to Mars! Earth is very dangerous!"note 
  • Special Effects Failure - Several uses of The Oner to depict Team Shaolin's rampage across the field, practical wirework and all, make the CGI soccer ball even more obvious.
    • When the team dramatically reassembles on the rooftop, the white scraft worn by "Light Weight" is clearly being pulled by a wire.
    • Since Stephen Chow obviously couldn't have his female lead shave her head they used a bald cap. Unfortunately stuffing all that hair in there gave her a rather oversized head.
  • Values Dissonance - Presumably why the underwear no-hospital scene was Played for Laughs.
  • The Woobie: Mui, a humble baker who has poor self-esteem and a harsh boss. She tries to make herself more beautiful but it ended up hurting her even more, her crush on Sing gets turned down; it broke her so much she ended up getting fired since the stress caused her to mess up her baking. She does get better at the end, thankfully.