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Transcendence in Shaolin Soccer

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After being humiliated in a practice game of soccer, the brother/monks attain enlightenment which is symbolized by the sense of fire and the opening of the eyes (to indicate becoming awake after a period of sleeping). Their excellence in soccer is a manifestation of this.

Dialog in the beginning is between the disabled soccer coach and our protagonist. The protagonist, closing his eyes, says mysteriously “First big brother is coming back.” The coach says “What?” The protagonist replies “I have a feeling that they are back.”, referring to his brothers / teammates. Then near the end of the game, the bad team leader asks “Do we have any more weapons. No? The final attack”.

This is an excerpt from Shaolin Soccer for analysis and educational purposes only.


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