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  • Actors: Zhou Xun, Vincent Zhao, Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine
  • Directors: Yuen Woo Ping
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CP9BI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Legend [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A well-respected martial arts teacher and a good husband and father, Su Can's journey begins when his vengeful brother, Yuan, returns from war. Seeking revenge from a dark family history, Yuan, armed with the Five Venom Fist, destroys Su Can's family and ultimately his dignity. Reduced to a beggar, Su Can finds apprenticeship from Lord Wushu and adapts to a new form of martial arts, the Drunken Fist. At peace with himself, he regains his strength to reclaim his life and returns home to claim retribution and his family honor. Good versus evil, two skilled rivals battle to become the ultimate warrior.

Customer Reviews

Very great action scenes.
I found myself quite bored and barely able to sit through anything past the 45 minute mark.
This is one of the best martial arts films I have seen in recent times.

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Adam Chandler on August 30, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I watched this movie a few months ago while I was on deployment. A buddy in my shop had a bootleg copy and at the time I had no idea what the movie was called. After googling the plot and some quotes I finally figured out it was True Legend.

Anyway I really enjoyed the movie as a whole. Great fight scenes and interesting story (although the story itself is pretty depressing). The background scenery and cinematography were amazing.

If you're a Yuen Woo-ping fan (The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master) or just like martial arts movies in general then I'd recommend checking out this movie.

I've got this pre-ordered now and I'm really looking forward to watching a legit copy on blu-ray.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on May 1, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a pretty strange flick. Part of it is very now and wow while other parts read like director Hark Tsui's "Zu Warrior" or "Once Upon a Time in China."

Here's the scoop. Su Can is a great warrior. He and his brother in law, Yuan Lie, finish a particularly grueling battle and Su wants to hang it up and start a school teaching the Wushu style of fighting. He takes his wife and son and heads off to the big city. Yuan, in the meantime, is starting to fume. He has always felt like a second fiddle to Su so he loads up on venom from various creatures and perfects a way to deliver it via the Five Fingers of Death. He now goes after Su and it leads to a really big mess.

This is a pretty wild ride. The opening battle uses a lot of CGI and looks as though it came from a poor man's version of "The Lord of the Rings." It then shifts to something more like "Zu Warrior" with the over exaggerated wire work, the white haired mystical dude and the "God" who will put Su through the paces to get him back up to speed after losing a fight with Yuan. I don't know where this genre is these days. I don't see enough of these to tell, but seeing a guy kick a big rock into pebbles isn't anything I've seen in "Hero" or "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon."

The story is pretty good but it takes an odd turn. It's two hours long but the first part ends in 90 minutes then veers off to an entirely different chapter where Su becomes an alcoholic and, through a changing socio-political condition in China, begins to develop the "drunken fist" method of fighting. It caught me way off guard.

I liked this movie enough. Good story and direction. Good sets and costumes with a decent score. Michelle Yeow is on hand but has a woefully small, underwritten part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian Pope on May 21, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
True Legend is a highly stylized hybrid kung-fu/wire-fu/battlefield-fu/folk hero/fantasy/supernatural epic of a film and directed by a true legend, renowned choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping. This is a very unique film and a blast to watch, breaking the molds by not being held to any particular kung-fu sub-genre.

The movie is chocked full of great cameo appearances including Michelle Yeoh as a sort of medicine woman, Master Gordon Liu as Old Sage and David Carradine among others. It would have been fitting to see Jet Li as the God of Wushu, or Jackie Chan as the Drunken Master, but that might have been asking a bit much. Like the poster suggests, True Legend was going for a little of the 'old skool' kung-fu cinema feel and you could definitely tell there was some Shaw Brothers influence in the movie. While the CG isn't exactly the best, I really appreciated the blend of martial arts, wire-fu and digital effects to provide a well rounded experience.

The cinematography in the film was outstanding, particularly the scenes of rural China, and helped contribute to a distinct feel in the movie. Each primary character, especially the evil brother with the skill of the 5 deadly venoms, in one way or another fell into a classic kung-fu archetype, like the drunken master (notable to mention that Ping directed the 1978 film Drunken Master starring a young Jackie Chan). The best fight scene of the movie unconventionally comes at just over the halfway point, where the brothers duel it out to the death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juan on May 22, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this movie as it's inspirational and moving. The action is great and I believe that this might have been the last appearance of David Carradine in an asian film before his passing. Vincent Zhao is an amazing Martial Artist and actor!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman on October 1, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I don't know how much of TRUE LEGEND is either `true' or which is more `legend', but I found the end result of Director Yuen Woo Ping's work to present the story as an incomplete parable - one where perhaps the viewer can draw inspiration from to seek out answers to questions regarding martial arts history - but certainly not a `definitive work.' Or, at least, I wouldn't hope so. I can only suspect that, if this is based on true events, there may be more story here than what made it to the screen this time around. While TRUE LEGEND has moments of great entertainment, it felt only half-baked to me, a somewhat mixed bag of effective acting, tremendous fighting, and excellent choreography. And I couldn't help from wondering what a more accomplished director may've been able to do with the material.

The biggest detraction to TRUE LEGEND is that the end result actually feels more like one, big, sprawling combination of two smaller, incomplete halves. By the conclusion, I found myself wondering if the project had originally started out as two films - a first flick with a planned sequel - that, for budgetary considerations, were merged together. The first half runs about one hour and ten minutes, and it deals with Su Can's conflict with a vengeful brother, Yuan; the second half runs about forty minutes, and it explores Su Can's nearly-accidental "discovery" of fighting which prompts him to modify his Wushu style combat into `the Drunken Fist' style. I say "nearly-accidental" because that's how, narratively, it's structured, with Su Can happening across a demonstration of this new style.
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