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Shaolin Soccer

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })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 Game-Breaking Injury 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. When it's revealed that Sing and the rest of the team barely knows anything about soccer, Fung just about gives up with them. However, during their first match against Team Rebellion, they develop powers stemming from their Shaolin training, turning the match in their favour. 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, along with other teams along the way.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })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 Stephen Chow 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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Cherry Tapping
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Cherry Tapping: In the first league match, the first time the opponents' goalie even gets near the ball, it knocks all the wind out of him, preventing him from stopping Sing from just tapping it over the goal line.
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Adam Westing
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Adam Westing: Patrick Tse Yin, a '60s screen idol better known now for Adam Westing, as Hung.
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The Worf Effect
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The Worf Effect: The two ladies of Team Mustache rampage past every Team Shaolin player only to run straight into Empty Hand and establish him as the goalie of all goalies.
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RealityEnsues
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Reality Ensues: Zigzagged here. Fung puts Sing in a situation where his martial arts powers prove Awesome, but Impractical, but with the proper training Sing turns into a force of awesomeness both in asskicking and on the field.
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Cool Shades
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Cool Shades: Played for Laughs. Apparently the five brothers thought getting back in the game must involve this trope. Played straight when Empty Hand is taken off the field on a stretcher and puts them on, the others salute him. It's actually a pretty cool moment.
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Advantage Ball
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Advantage Ball: Team Shaolin's first match against a gang of hoodlums is a fiasco at first because of their poor teamwork, until their kung fu powers reawaken and they mop the field.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: When Empty Hand is finally put on a stretcher, the other guys give a speech and send him off like it was Bruce Lee's funeral.
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The whole purpose of the "striker gallery" (combining "striker" with "shooting gallery"), where the entire opposing team lines up to take turns pummeling the goalie. Team Mustache lines one up on Empty Hand, which doesn't work. Then Team Evil lines one up on Iron Vest, which does. This also applies to Team Shaolin's practice match against the hoodlums' team before their powers awaken.
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She Cleans Up Nicely
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She Cleans Up Nicely: Averted with Mui, who starts out with genuinely horrific acne, then gets taken by a salon into a ridiculously overblown look. Then she shaves her head.
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Bruce Lee Clone
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Bruce Lee Clone: 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.
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Break the Haughty
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Break the Haughty/Game-Breaking Injury: How Fung ended up a cripple.
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Dragons Up the Yin Yang
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Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Mui traces a taijitsu while making buns. This serves to set her apart as a Taoist Tai Chi practitioner, as opposed to the Buddhist Shaolin monksnote Historically, Buddhism and Taoism are rivals, being partly-incompatible religions. In Journey to the West, for example, the heroes take a leak in the Taoist holy water fonts. She also speaks Mandarin, unlike the other characters, who speak Cantonese. The whole thing is to pay tribute to all of China's religious and martial-arts traditions.
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Beautiful All Along
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Beautiful All Along: Double Subverted. Mui, originally a 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 The '80s and shoulder pads. 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 Heroic Second Wind against Team Evil.
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You Shall Not Pass!
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You Shall Not Pass!: Empty Hand, and later Iron Vest as goalie towards the end.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Team Shaolin's first league match, leading up to more and more of the opponents being flung past their own goal! The resulting score is 1000-0.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: Team Rebellion's captain has wrenches and tools falling out of his soccer shorts before the game begins. Because he's an on-call mechanic. Honest.
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Acrofatic
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Acrofatic: Little Brother, the fat one, can basically fly.
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Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting
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Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Sing constantly points out a few people that would have less trouble with their lives if they just knew shaolin kung fu. After defeating Team Evil, Sing is last seen walking amongst a crowd now 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.
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Important Haircut: Mui gets two haircuts at critical points. First she tries to impress Sing, but she looks terrible. Then she shaves her head when she joins Team Shaoling as replacement goalie. Somehow the makeover reveals that she's Beautiful All Along. Sing also gets to make jokes about it.
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Paper-Thin Disguise
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Paper-Thin Disguise: While advancing through the tournament, Team Shaolin faces off against Team Dragon, 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.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When two of Team Mustache's members completely jump over Little Brother and Sing, these two have this to say.
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Misfit Mobilization Moment: When Team Shaolin advances up the tournament ladder.
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Kung-Fu Sonic Boom
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Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: 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.
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Bring It
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Bring It: Empty Hand, who can even do this with a look.
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Extremity Extremist
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Extremity Extremist: The premise of Mighty Steel Leg and Hooking Leg's styles. Mighty Steel Leg is exactly what it sounds like, allowing Sing to deliver kicks of superhuman power, speed, and accuracy. Hooking Leg is basically like breakdancing or capoeira. Empty Hand also specializes in using his hands.
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Game-Breaking Injury
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Team Evil's play causes some rather serious injuries on Team Shaolin's players.
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Putting the Band Back Together
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Putting the Band Back Together: 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.
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Parallel Parking
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Sing believes that kung fu is relevant in this modern age because you can use Chi Blasts to help parallel park. 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 "Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting".
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Idiot Hero
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Idiot Hero: Sing takes the kung fu ideal of earnestness and straightforwardness a bit too far.
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Played for Laughs. Apparently the five brothers thought getting back in the game must involve this trope.
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Technical Pacifist
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Technical Pacifist: Even before training starts, Sing and the guys never cross the line into actual violence, even against the hoodlum team who were actually asking for it. It's amazing how much more damage a soccer ball can do, though.
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Dance Battler
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Dance Battler: Hooking Leg style is a combination of Capoeira and breakdancing.
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Black-and-White Morality
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Black-and-White Morality: Team Shaolin is good. Team Evil is bad.
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Obviously Evil
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Obviously Evil: In some English translations, the opposing team is actually called Team Evil. Their name is more subtly evil in the original language.
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The Hopeless Replacement
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The Hopeless Replacement: 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 Combination Attack with Sing for the winning goal.
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Expository Hairstyle Change: Look carefully at Empty Hand's hair when the first Battle Aura happens - it turns from the messy bum do to the Bruce Lee moptop.
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Dramatic Wind: Catches Empty Hand's old jacket and Iron Head's grubby bathrobe as if they were Badass Longcoats. As well as Little Brother's scarf (which is only there for this reason really), Iron Vest's tie and Hooking Leg's combover.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Patrick Tse Yin as Hung, who even out-chews Sing and Fung. Also see Adam Westing above.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Shaolin monks playing soccer. Any questions? Additionally, with a name like "Team Evil" you know what to expect right off the bat.
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Humiliation Conga
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Humiliation Conga: For Hung at film's end. After Sing and Mui defeats Team Evil, the dust clears... to reveal Team Evil's previously smug goalie lying naked with his butt bared towards the entire stadium, the news crew lying behind it all. Almost ALL the spectators then focus their eyes on Hung, who ends up tripping himself. Right after Fung deals long awaited revenge, Hung gets carried off, where he's removed from his position of power, losing his entire empire to the works of the very same man he crippled and controlled for years. Not to mention that mere minutes ago, he was laughing his face off at Team Shaolin's new replacement.
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Pint-Sized Powerhouse
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Pintsized Powerhouse: Iron Shirt is toughest member of the team. He's also the smallest.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: After his humiliating defeat to Team Shaolin, Hung trips over the stairs, landing in a crippled heap in plain sight for all his aides, guests and fellow spectators to see. Almost afterwards, 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.
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The first time a guy takes one of Sing's shoots to the gut. It takes the live action equivalent of a Beat Panel to take effect, too.
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The opposing striker Team Shaolin faces in their first game exclaims "It's just an illusion! It can't scare me!" when they start losing. It's the same words used by the Big Bad from Chow's earlier film God of Cookery following the Deus ex Machina.
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Made of Iron
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Made of Iron: It's called Iron Shirt style for a reason. It takes Team Evil's ultimate technique to bring him down, and he still doesn't concede the goal. Empty Hand also takes an inordinate amount of punishment before he's benched.
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Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
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Bare-Fisted Monk
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Bare-Fisted Monk: Technically they all are, but Empty Hand fits this trope best.
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Naked People Are Funny
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Naked People Are Funny: The Team Evil goalie at the end.
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Shaping Your Attacks
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Shaping Your Attacks: During the match against Team Evil, Sing's kick is so hard that the ball catches fire and turns into a flaming puma. Unfortunately, this proves to be useless, as Team Evil's goalkeeper stops the ball effortlessly.
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Rule of Three
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Rule of Three: The gag about Little Brother's eggs - Fung's demonstrating how Sing can't control his mighty legs by making him juggle an egg on his feet, which ends up smashing an egg and making Little Brother chew the yolk off his already beat-up shoes. The second time, the egg smashes on his pants, forcing Sing to act fast and hurl another egg into Iron Vest's mouth, leading to Little Brother essentially Frenching him. Finally, Sing just about masters egg-juggling but inadvertently smashes it while trying to catch it. Cue Little Brother's reaction, Sing throwing another egg into Iron Vest's mouth, and the guys watch the action again. One of 'em's taking pictures!
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: The hoodlum team are not only Easily Forgiven, but conscripted to fill the ranks of Team Shaolin. All but two flee in the big game, so the two who remain get to share in the glory.
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Imagine Spot
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Imagine Spot: A couple of times, from Sing's idea about the other uses for Shaolin kungfu to the practice match against the hoodlum team turning into a war zone.
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Excuse Me While I Multitask
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Excuse Me While I Multitask: When Mui fends off her angry boss.
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Super Strength
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Super Strength: Most of Team Shaolin and all of Team Evil's players exhibit this.
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No-Sell
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No-Sell: The match against Team Evil starts with Sing kicking a ball so hard it transforms into a flaming puma, which the opposing goalie effortlessly blocks with one hand.
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Chekhov's Skill
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Chekhov's Skill: Played for Laughs after Fung starts training the team in feints, which becomes their primary strategy against the hoodlum team, to hilariously minimal effect. Zigzagged with Sing's training, which grants him Improbable Aiming Skills with a soccer ball - he nails a goal post the first time, but during the first league match, scoring goals from the middle of the field marks the start of the Curb-Stomp Battle.
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Loophole Abuse: Mighty Steel Leg swore he wouldn't use his kung fu to fight people. When confronted by a gang of thugs, one of them throws a football at him, which he then uses to incapacitate all of them.
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Martial Arts for Mundane Purposes
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Martial Arts for Mundane Purposes: Sing and his brothers play football with kung fu. Mui uses tai chi when baking. In the epilogue, martial arts in basically used for everything (including car parking).
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Berserk Button: Do not touch Little Brother's eggs, or bring attention to Hooking Leg's receding hairline, or mention Fung's leg injury.
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Improbable Aiming Skills
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Improbable Aiming Skills: Sing's training lets him nail a bullseye spraypainted in a wall fifty feet away! REPEATEDLY!
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Team Evil gets plenty of chances to rack up the goals, but opt to inflict injuries on Team Shaolin instead.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Sing and Mui by the end of the film.
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Opposing Sports Team
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Opposing Sports Team: Team Shaolin trains in martial arts to improve their lives as well as their playing ability. Team Evil uses soulless technology and steroids to improve performance.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out Captain Tsubasa: Stephen Chow openly acknowledges this anime as his chief inspiration for the film. Empty Hand, Team Shaolin's goalkeeper, is a very obvious one to Bruce Lee, right down to the yellow jumpsuit. What makes it funny is that originally he was the choreographer brought in for the dance sequence. Speaking of the dance sequence, it's an obvious shout out to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Iron Vest can make his shirt rip itself apart Fist of the North Star-style. 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 Jurassic Park, when Sing is slamming the ball against the wall while exercising. For the moment when Mui blocks Team Evil's ball, someone decided to make the music "King of Pride Rock" for whatever reason. The opposing striker Team Shaolin faces in their first game exclaims "It's just an illusion! It can't scare me!" when they start losing. It's the same words used by the Big Bad from Chow's earlier film God of Cookery following the Deus ex Machina. This scene has Mui channeling Neo. The movie came out two years after the Matrix, and that's far from the only shout out. Hung setting up an attack on his rival's leg is reminiscent of Tonya Harding's attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
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EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
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Everything's Better with Spinning: 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.
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DefeatEqualsFriendship
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During the China Cup, almost half of Team Shaolin abandons Sing after tasting brutal defeat from Team Evil. Ironically, those same people were Team Rebellion members that joined after being defeated, heavily implying that they only joined to mooch off the victories.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hung, president of the National Soccer League and manager of Team Evil, who ensures that all are drugged to maximum performance.
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Heads, Tails, Edge
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Heads, Tails, Edge: Iron Shirt 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. Guess where it lands.
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Instant Cosplay Surprise
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Instant Cosplay Surprise: Fung ends up wearing Shaolin Monk gear and a beard during Sing's speech.
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Badass Longcoat
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Badass Longcoat: Played straight and spoofed. Empty Hand wears the more traditional coat, while Iron Head wears a grubby bathrobe. Both catch Dramatic Wind when they takes their places on the team.
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Mundane Made Awesome: The martial arts is one thing, but when you have a soccer ball emerging from a bunch of old shoes for a climax, you know they were going for this trope.
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Girls with Moustaches: Two of the female soccer players have fake facial hair. Also, the woman who works at the beauty parlor where Mui gets her '80s-style makeover has a goatee.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: Goes both ways. After catching on to the Unnecessary Roughness and the biased calls, Team Shaolin indulge in a bit of trolling with one of the referees - snatching the yellow card from his hand, knocking the back of his head, then outright punching him in the face.
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Mirror Boss
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Mirror Boss: Team Evil's players have most of the same abilities as the monks.
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Failed Attempt at Drama: Mui as the new goalie makes a dramatic entrance and walks into the goal post... of Team Evil.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Team Rebellion's coach cuts and runs after Team Shaolin reawakens their dormant skills, mops the field, and convinces his players to defect to Sing's side. During the China Cup, almost half of Team Shaolin abandons Sing after tasting brutal defeat from Team Evil. Ironically, those same people were Team Rebellion members that joined after being defeated, heavily implying that they only joined to mooch off the victories.
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Science Is Useless
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Science Is Useless: Team Shaolin defeats the steroid-taking Team Evil in the end — achieved by a shaven Mui's timely appearance and her tai chi skills. One short segment where Team Shaolin nearly score a goal shows that they almost certainly would have won had Hung not rigged the match so his Team Evil could just brutalize Team Shaolin.
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Hard Head
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Hard Head - "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.
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Clothing Damage
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Clothing Damage: Happens several times, either to show that serious injury is occurring or for comedic effect. Iron Shirt tends to shred his jersey when he employs his abilities.
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Battle Aura
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Battle Aura: Explosions of fire as each of the six brothers remember who they are. Also displayed in the final match by both the Shaolin and Evil Team.
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The Oner
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The Oner: Used in some of the league matches to illustrate Team Shaolin's flawless coordination and general rampage across the league.
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Shrinking Violet
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Shrinking Violet: Mui is unattractive, constantly mumbling, withdrawn and eventually pulls out of public life to become a nun. Until the final showdown, when she appears, bald-headed, Beautiful All Along, and, with Sing, pulls off a yin-yang combo of tai chi and shaolin to utterly defeat Team Evil.
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Mundane Utility
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Mundane Utility: Sing believes that kung fu is relevant in this modern age because you can use Chi Blasts to help parallel park. 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 "Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting". Mui uses tai-chi to bake taijibread.
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Unnecessary Roughness
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Unnecessary Roughness 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 some rather serious injuries on Team Shaolin's players.
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FacePalm
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Face Palm: When Mui first takes the field... only to wind up on Team Evil's goal position.
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Failed Attempt at Drama / int_88609c3d
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Girls with Moustaches / int_88609c3d
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Grievous Bottley Harm / int_88609c3d
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Hard Head / int_88609c3d
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Heads, Tails, Edge / int_88609c3d
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Hong Kong Dub / int_88609c3d
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How Is That Even Possible? / int_88609c3d
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Huddle Shot / int_88609c3d
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Hypocritical Heartwarming / int_88609c3d
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Improbable Sports Skills / int_88609c3d
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In a Single Bound / int_88609c3d
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Lotus Position / int_88609c3d
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Martial Arts for Mundane Purposes / int_88609c3d
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Misfit Mobilization Moment / int_88609c3d
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Muggle Sports, Super Athletes / int_88609c3d
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Naked People Are Funny / int_88609c3d
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Opposing Sports Team / int_88609c3d
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Orbital Shot / int_88609c3d
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Peek-a-Bangs / int_88609c3d
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Putting the Band Back Together / int_88609c3d
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Scenery Censor / int_88609c3d
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Science Is Useless / int_88609c3d
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Sexy Walk / int_88609c3d
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She Cleans Up Nicely / int_88609c3d
 Shaolin Soccer
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Slow-Motion Fall / int_88609c3d
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Slow-Motion Pass-By / int_88609c3d
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So Unfunny, It's Funny / int_88609c3d
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Spectacular Spinning / int_88609c3d
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Spontaneous Choreography / int_88609c3d
 Shaolin Soccer
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The Danza / int_88609c3d
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The Worf Barrage / int_88609c3d
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Uncanny Valley Makeup / int_88609c3d
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Underdogs Never Lose / int_88609c3d
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Underestimating Badassery / int_88609c3d
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Unnecessary Makeover / int_88609c3d
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What the Fu Are You Doing? / int_88609c3d
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Wrench Whack / int_88609c3d
 Shaolin Soccer
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You Go, Girl! / int_88609c3d
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Improvised Training / int_88609c3d
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The Hopeless Replacement / int_88609c3d