Fists of Legend
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The movie runs a bit too long at 156 minutes, which is almost double the length of your average fighting movie. It's almost two movies in one, for better or worse, and some of the drama is a little overcooked. Still, the charismatic performances, fight scenes and ambition help to smooth over some of the rough edges, and the Blu-ray presentation isn't bad either. The picture (1080p widescreen) and sound (5.1 or 2.0, available in Korean or English) are both first rate, plus four short but enjoyable featurettes are also included. It's definitely worth a look, though anyone expecting non-stop fighting won't get their wish.
The story revolves around a television program in Korea, a show where the producers try to bring together the toughest street fighters they can find. Week after week they bring out both forgotten heroes from the past and new toughs trying to make a name for themselves. Unfortunately the ratings are beginning to fall, especially with the same names appearing week after week.
That changes when they discover Deok-kyu, an ex-Olympic contender who disappeared and now runs a noodle shop that's about to go under. Raising a child on his own he's done everything he could to steer clear of the fight circuit. But with some cajoling by the producer and with the enticement of a $200,000 top prize, he's drawn back in.
Not only is Deok-kyu brought back but so are two friends from his past. Jae-seok was the friend that never quite made it to the top and is now a low level gangster. Sang-hoon is an executive now whose boss wants him to take the top prize and represent the company at the same time. Each has a reason for wanting to win. Each reason is something personal to the individual. Just who will rise to the top waits to be seen until the very last battle.
Unlike most movies in this genre there is more story here than you usually find. The tale of Deok-kyu is heart wrenching at times, giving his choices more substance than in the usual martial arts film.Read more ›
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It was nice to watch a fight movie that wasn't depressing.. and it was actually pretty heart-warming without being stupidly cheesy.Published 1 month ago by Zachary Green
I can't get over how awesome Fists of Legend was! It had everything! Schoolyard fights! Friendship! Bullying! Drama! Middle-aged guys learning mixed martial arts! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dawn