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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. (The scene was deleted from the American release)
  • Bishōnen - Team Evil's goalie is incredibly pretty.
  • Colbert Bump: Expect a surge of interest in this movie anytime the World Cup rolls around.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening track.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Empty Hand, Shaolin Team's Goalie who is also a Bruce Lee lookalike, who even earned a role in a legitimate Bruce Lee biopic after this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Not surprisingly, 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 powers may have a different effect on viewers now that the 2010 South Africa World Cup has popularised the vuvuzela.
    • Speaking of which, Empty Hand has been compared to Guillermo Ochoa, and curbstomps shown in this movie aren't that far from reality after what Germany did to Brazil in 2014.
    • Fans are drawing connections between this movie and a supposed Spiritual Successor, Inazuma Eleven.
  • Hollywood Homely - Chinese actress Zhao Wei is beautiful in real life. Her character is the opposite and appears as what she was intended to look like.
  • Memetic Mutation - Iron Head's shocked face is a popular reaction image macro.
    • "Go back to Mars! Earth is very dangerous!"
  • Special Effects Failure: Several uses of The Oner to depict Team Shaolin's rampage across the field, practical wirework and all, make the CGI ball even more obvious.
  • Values Dissonance - Presumably why the underwear no-hospital scene was played as funny.

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