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True Legend (2011)



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Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero) brings you True Legend, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil. Su Can's (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior. Packed with distinct fighting styles-including MMA, knife combat and sweeping aerial stunts- and starring martial arts legends Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine and Jay Chou, True Legend has Phillip French of The Observer raving, "It opens with one of the best action sequences I've ever seen." --(c) Indomina Mediamore
Rating: R (for sequences of battle violence and brutal fighting)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chi-long To, Christine To
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2011
Box Office: $62.2k
Indomina Media - Official Site


Andy On
as Yuan Lie
Xiaodong Guo
as Ma Qingfeng
David Carradine
as Anthony, Gambling H...
Gordon Liu
as Old Sage
Jay Chou
as God of Wushu/Drunken...
Cung Le
as Militia Leader
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Critic Reviews for True Legend

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (13)

Diverting but unmemorable martial arts feature unlikely to become a classic.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Somewhere between masterful and messy, Yuen Woo-ping offers lots of kinetic kicks, but his CGI work deserves a kick in the pants.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A silly and yet often enjoyable action film, the movie isn't so much a winking homage to those late-'70s Hong Kong exports as another entry...

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Fans don't go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action -- and Yuen doesn't disappoint.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A hodgepodge of styles, "True Legend" works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for True Legend


Above average martial arts silliness elevated immensely by the amazing Woo-ping Yuen. As always, the choreography is beautiful to watch.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

What an absolutely superb story of an awesome hero, Su Chan (Man Cheuk Chiu), a leading authority of the touching thoughts and feelings in martial arts journey.
The story line is actually very consuming once you become endeared by the characters, whom I might add are supremely crafted. I mean how can you not think the 'God of Wushu' is not cool.
It's been a long while since Yuen Woo Ping helmed a film as a director, and here he applied plenty of wire-fu liberally to craft a film that provided for some fantastical elements in its martial arts.
Zhou Xun is a fine actress, and her presence here provided that well needed contrast of acting ability compensating for the lack thereof in Zhao's, starring as Su Chan's wife Ying, the pillar of strength, confidence and hope. Andy On played Yuan Lie with enough creepiness and ruthlessness that he may be one of the more memorable martial arts villains amongst recent kung fu films, adding to that his treading the extremely thin line of incest as well with Ying, in wanting to be together forever with her.
I was surprised to see three special appearances I recognized in this martial arts epic film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


a film with a good although dishevled story, it really stands on the astonishing action sequences. the fighting is top shelf, and although the narrative could have been a lot stronger, it is well worth the time for those into kung fu films.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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