Fists Of Legend Reviews

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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 9, 2013
Stretches its runtime to a ridiculous 154 minutes ...
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2013
The film is so generous in its characterizations that it's easy to overlook the fact that its hot-topic drama (bullying, economic marginalization, etc.) amounts to little more than padded lip service.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
December 19, 2013
boisterously entertaining template serves as sly cover for commentary on the way that Korea's corrupted social and corporate structures have for decades been holding down the nation's real talent.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 12, 2013
Shot with some wit and considerable speed, its short, sharp beatdowns are a refreshing change from the bloated action sequences favored by some of Mr. Kang's genre contemporaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
Director Kang Woo-Suk spins an epic swirl of masculine psychodrama over his many punishing fight sequences, including flashbacks to the trio's origins as gifted scrappers who take one too many wrong turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 11, 2013
High-school friends meet years later on a televised boxing competition. Ambitious drama offers a penetrating look at Korean society.
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 11, 2013
At 2 1/2 hours, Fists of Legend goes on too long. But Kang Woo-suk's take on a genre often relegated to the level of cartoon is a refreshing change of pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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