It is usual for real life events to be turned into movies. But seeing movie plots taking place in real life is a lot less common. If you missed ‘Shaolin Soccer’, the 2001 Hong Kong comedy action movie, you will be forgiven. Despite favourable ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, it was not exactly a commercial success.
The plot was a simple one. In Shaolin Soccer, a young Shaolin follower reunites with his former brothers to form a soccer team. Then they take advantage of their martial art skills in the football matches. The cast included a number of prominent Hong Kong actors led by Stephen Chow, who was also a writer. But nevertheless, the film should have been rebroadcasting on obscure cable channels a long time ago.