Stephen Chow in a scene from "Shaolin Soccer."
Cast: Stephen Chow, Wong Yut Fei, Lee Wai, Ng Man-Tat, Vicki Zhao.
Director: Stephen Chow.
Release Date: April 2, 2004 (LA/NY/SF).
MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Description: Hong Kong satirist Stephen Chow wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of sports and kung fu movie cliches. Chow plays "Mighty Steel Leg" Sing, who can kick soda cans through walls, and is a natural soccer star in the eyes of crippled coach Fung (Patrick Se Yin), who is looking to challenge his arch rival Hung, the captain of the aptly named Evil Team. Recruiting Sing and his goofy brothers who all have names like Steel Head, Hook Kick Leg, and Weight Vest (with qualities to match), Hung's team soon rises through the ranks via their supernatural Kung Fu soccer skills. There's also a love interest in the form of a shy girl (Vicki Zhao Wei) who uses martial arts magic in making steamed bread.