Official Press Release
San Jose, CA - June 30, 2003 ComicsOne, America's favorite publisher ofHong Kong Kung Fu comics has recently announced the acquisition of yetanother movie property for comic adaptation - Shaolin Soccer! In August2003, Steven Chow's Shaolin Soccer will make its U.S. debut on thesilver screen from Miramax Films and ComicsOne's own Shaolin Soccervol. 1 will follow closely behind this hilarious kung fu comedy.
At the creative helm of this action packed adventure is Hong Kong's AndySeto of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Saint Legend fame. ComicsOneand Mr. Seto have come together to produce ComicsOne's first originalcomic book series. Shaolin Soccer will begin as two full-color graphicnovels that will follow and expand on Steven Chow's award winning moviemasterpiece. The Shaolin Soccer comic will retain the kung fu magic andlaugh-out-loud comedy that has made the movie world-renowned.
Young kung fu adept "Sing" is an honor bound disciple ofthe legendary Shaolin Temple. His sole goal in life is to find a way topackage the philosophy and physical teachings of his beloved Shaolinkung fu so that contemporary masses can learn, benefit and apply thesedoctrines to their daily life. When he hooks up with a former soccerchampion, he quickly realizes that the world's most popular sport mayjust be the vehicle to spread Shaolin kung fu all over the globe. Butfirst he must assemble a team worthy of the Shaolin name. But hissecular, out of shape former kung fu brothers are far from impressedwith his idea. Kung fu action and sidesplitting comedy are heading yourway!
The Shaolin Soccer film has won numerous awards and critical acclaimincluding:
Best Film, Best Director - 2002 Hong Kong Film Critics Association
Best Film, Best Director, Best Young Director, Best Actor (Chow), Best
Supporting Actor (Wong Yut Fei), Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Design- 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards.
Volume One of Shaolin Soccer will be available late August 2003. Thefull color 128page graphic novels will be priced at $13.95. Visithttp://www.comicsone.com/shaolinSoccer/index.html for more detailedseries information.
About ComicsOne Corporation ComicsOne Corporation, is a publisher dedicated tobringing Asian graphic novels and related properties to a wider Americanaudience through innovative means of content and delivery. ComicsOnepublishes comics that attract a broad range of readers and interests, aswell as satisfy longtime fans of the medium. With over 50 series inebook and hardcopy format to choose from ComicsOne has something foreveryone. ComicsOne was founded in December 1999 and is based inFremont, CA.