True Legend

2011

True Legend

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Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero) brings you True Legend, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil. Su Can's (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior. Packed with distinct fighting styles-including MMA, knife combat and sweeping aerial stunts- and starring martial arts legends Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine and Jay Chou, True Legend has Phillip French of The Observer raving, "It opens with one of the best action sequences I've ever seen." --(c) Indomina Media

Cast

Andy On
as Yuan Lie
Xiaodong Guo
as Ma Qingfeng
David Carradine
as Anthony, Gambling House Owner
Gordon Liu
as Old Sage
Jay Chou
as God of Wushu/Drunken God
Cung Le
as Militia Leader
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  • Nov 22, 2014
    A good martial arts movie that peaks 75 minutes in. Which is unfortunate considering that there are close to 40 minutes left in the movie by this point. Martial arts movie have never really been about the story as much as they have been a showcase for some really badass action sequences and showcasing different fighting styles. This is no different. Of course that means that the story, understandably, takes a backseat. But I still stand behind what I said that the movie peaks about 75 minutes in and the rest didn't really need to go as long as it did. Essentially, Su gets his revenge, but at the same time he loses someone very close to him. After this, he lets himself go...he becomes a drunk and lives on the street with his son. He's lost his confidence even though we saw him go through that after his first battle with Yuan. I suppose the idea behind this being that he regained enough of his confidence back the first time, and it cost him the person he loved more than his son due to his own thirst for vengeance. But to repeat that again, Su regaining his confidence to save his son this time, just isn't as satisfying because you had literally just seen it less than an hour prior. The climactic action scene isn't particularly satisfying because, he's fighting some big muscular motherfuckers, so they clearly aren't as agile. So these scenes aren't particularly satisfying because these other guys can't really do much. There's a cool scene here where it's shown how Drunken Fist style, supposedly, originated. This is easily the best scene after the movie peaks. The fighting itself isn't particularly complex, we're not talking about The Raid type stuff here, but it is satisfying. Su and Yuan's final fight is really good and bloody. I'm really surprised I rated the movie as highly considering how truly uninspiring the last 40 minutes are. It's obvious that they were struggling and they felt the story was incomplete, even though it had reached its natural conclusion, so they stretched it out much longer than it honestly needed to go. I realize it would feel like there were some unresolved issues, but the movie would've been much better. It's still good though, but it should've been better. If you're going to watch the film, shut it off after Yuan and Su's final fight. You will thank me for it, the film doesn't fall apart, but it decreases in quality greatly. Might've given it a good score, but this was very disappointing.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    When a powerful warlord in China's Qing Dynasty conspires to ruin their wealthy rival, Su Qi-Er (Man Cheuk Chiu), they doesn't stop until he is driven to the streets, stripped of his home, his money and his standing among men. Now burning to become a martial arts master despite the odds, Su Qi-er submits to a teacher (Jay Chou) who helps him become more powerful than ever before. Awesome choreographed fight scenes in this action-packed martial arts film...kept my interest up at an all time high...LOL! Please see this epic!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2012
    Jam packed full of storyline twists and turns, there isn't just one epic battle sequence in this gem. The only disappointment was Michelle Yeoh didn't fight!!
    wicked A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2012
    Yuen Woo Ping, quite possibly the greatest choreographer who ever live bringing us so many memorable action sequences. True Legend retains the fantastic choreography Yuen Woo Ping is know for, unfortunately the story is not at the same level. True Legend is about a wealthy man, Su Qi-Er, living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of his brother vengeance. After being forced out onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and embarks on a path that would make him a legend. Now the story is not well put together as it's divided into two parts, one being longer than the other. Now I will add that I did feel the first story being did end abruptly and it left a unsatisfying feeling. The story as a whole has it moments, though it's pretty clear that story-telling took a back seat to the action. It's average story-telling having some great moments, but ultimately the writing really doesn't give you anything memorable when telling a story. Now since this movie was directed by Yuen Woo Ping, the choreography is at the highest standard he know for. Even if the story doesn't keep your attention, the well choreograph action sequences that Yuen Woo Ping filmed will, he makes every battle more engaging despite the story to make it more satisfying. One thing you should note, the CGI in this movie made it look cartoonish at points and you won't really care much for the characters when they're not fighting. Yuen Woo Ping is great when directing action, unfortunately the story aspects is not as impressive. True Legend is good Martial Art movie with great action that suffers from the story to make it more engaging. If you just want good Martial Art action watch this, but if you're looking for an engaging story to with it look elsewhere.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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