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This wacky Hong Kong comedy (2001) ran 111 minutes in its initial Asian release, but Miramax Films deleted 24 of them and rewrote the subtitles for its domestic rollout. I haven't seen the original and can't speak Mandarin, so I can't comment on the changes, but what's left is a spirited crowd-pleaser about a washed-up soccer coach (Man Tat Ng) and a kung fu master (Stephen Chow, who also directs) assembling a team of losers to challenge the formidable Evil Team in a million-dollar tournament.

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