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True Legend (2010)

Michelle Yeoh , David Carradine , Yuen Woo Ping  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine, Vincent Zhao, Andy On, Guo Xiaodong
  • Directors: Yuen Woo Ping
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CP9EK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HK movie August 30, 2011
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Schizo May 1, 2012
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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Legend to True Classic... December 30, 2013
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Hardcore Kung fu fans will love this movie... I've watched Kung fu movies since the early 70's and the revenge formula has been played a million times. With that aside the fight scenes are great and a beauty to watch (even the break dancing moves...)! If you don't own it, get it! You won't be disappointed...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good fighting, average story June 16, 2013
By BM3
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I rented this movie because I am a big Michelle Yeoh fan, but she only had a small non fighting role. Nevertheless, I was still enjoying the movie a lot until the story changed into the drunken kung-fu plot line. After that, I sort of lost interest in the story and the over the top fight scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film! May 22, 2013
By Juan
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't know
I have not watched this movie yet. It probably will be a month before I do watch it. Thank you.
Published 4 days ago by Anoya Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars True Legend Rated
I just love the fight scenes. It's full of action. The fight choreography is excellent. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves martial arts movies.
Published 1 month ago by Walstein Chapman
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked, just not a whole lot
Good action scenes, easy to tell good guys from bad guys - I'll watch every few weeks and recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Dennis Brooker
4.0 out of 5 stars True legend Blu ray review
Story line is ok. The fighting scenes are good and the movie really workout your subwoofer.

Great audio and visual experience!
Published 3 months ago by Alan Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars good fights
good movie. i liked the fight scenes and the action was good. well worth the rental fee, i would watch again.
Published 3 months ago by karl mewshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Stays true to the New style of Kung Fu movies we are starting to see come from Asian Cinema. These are not your Fathers's 70's Kung Fu movies. No more " Bad Dubs ". Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars True Legend Blu Ray
I liked the movie it was ok with nice action fighting. Nice special efects the actors was good also. Good movie to watch.
Published 6 months ago by VINCENT S BATTLE
4.0 out of 5 stars True Legend
having had some martial art experience it is true to form. the concept of family revenge continues...action pack and artistic value is brilliant.
Published 8 months ago by patrina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
​The movies looked great. Blu Ray is the Bomb! Clear sound and great graphics. Great prices and good product.

Published 9 months ago by James Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Action pack
This movie has to do with the origin of drunken boxing. You have to watch to see the style develop of the course of the story line. Awesome movie. Great martial arts fights.
Published 9 months ago by Tra Da Stay
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