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True Legend

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Description: Su Qi-Er, a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero known as the "King of Beggars. Running Time: 116 min. Uncut Language: Mandarin Subtitles: English Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Format: NTSC Region: All

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T5FYCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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I had low hopes for the movie, but was happily surprised. The storyline, the acting, the dialogue, and most importantly the special effects and fight scenes were top notch. Excellent. Didn't look at my watch once. I wanted much more Michelle Yeoh!

And then the final part of the movie happened, with the requisite crying child screaming for daddy every 3 seconds; mawkish, maudlin, cloying and saccharine. I know certain audiences adore that sort of schmaltzy falderal, but it really destroyed what was an awesome movie. I will watch the first 2/3rds of the movie again and again, quite happily.
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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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