‘Soccer’ scores at critics kudos

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“Shaolin Soccer,” Stephen Chow’s slapstick comedy about monks training for a soccer team using martial arts, racked up film and director honors at the Hong Kong Film Critics Assn. Golden Bauhinia kudos Sunday night.

The hit film is also expected to score big next month at the prestigious Hong Kong Film Awards, for which it has drawn 13 nominations.

Pic, distributed by Miramax, is slated to be released as “Kung Fu Soccer” in the U.S in April.

Other winners included veteran Sylvia Chang, who took actress honors for “Forever and Ever,” beating thrice-nominated Sammi Cheng. Chinese actor Hu Jun took the actor award for Stanley Kwan’s gay drama “Lan Yu.”

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