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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Love this movie,some the best martial art fight I have ever seenPublished 3 months ago by hendy calame
True legend's characters and story don't have much depth, but otherwise this is an adroit Kung Fu feast.Published 5 months ago by Erich Kaulfuss