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True Legend (2011)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 4,136


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for sequences of battle violence and brutal fighting)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Chi-long To
In Theaters:
Sep 13, 2011
Box Office:
Indomina Media - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for True Legend

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (14) | DVD (4)

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

Great fight scenes and diverse martial arts make for a very entertaining film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
We Got This Covered

suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
Cinema Writer

Serious to the point of silliness, True Legend offers nothing new, but it steals adroitly.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Jam! Movies

Comes off less like the work of an old master and more like the mediocre imitation of one.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
Las Vegas Weekly

This gnarly beast -- written by To Chi-long -- is epic in scope

Full Review… | May 30, 2011
Frank's Reel Reviews

Opting for craziness over coherence, True Legend at least expends its energy in the right place.

Full Review… | May 21, 2011
Slant Magazine

The comedic touches humanize this ridiculously invincible warrior with self-destructive emotional flaws. Though Su's alcoholism that morphs into the triumphant martial arts moves Drunken Fist, like Depp's unbeatable inebriated pirate, are beyond silly.

Full Review… | May 19, 2011

Yuen understands that martial arts sequences are more than bodies in motion, they are bodies telling stories in motion.

Full Review… | May 17, 2011

A bloated epic that never gets past the limits of a stilted set-up, and then damningly wears out its welcome with a plodding final act that offers none of the catharsis its makers seem to think it does.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011

An exciting mix of the best of Old School kung fu cinema and new technology absolutely worth seeing on big screen. Pity that the film's terrible, tacked-on ending keeps True Legend from being truly legendary.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011

Bridged by rude comedy familiar to veteran viewers of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, True Legend is refreshingly unpretentious in comparison to the pompous nationalism of recent Chinese war spectacles like The Warring States.

Full Review… | May 14, 2011
Boxoffice Magazine

From the opening credits to its predictable conclusion it becomes clear that 'True Legend' lays its intelligence at the level of a superhero comic strip (or saloon delirium).

Full Review… | May 13, 2011

Indeed, there's a true legend at work here, but unfortunately, the phrase is not descriptive of the film itself but rather its maker Yuen Woo-ping, the brilliant martial arts choreographer.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Austin Chronicle

Warrior perfects a new form of martial arts after tragedy strikes his family in a film from the extraordinary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Film Journal International

It starts off spectacularly, with some of the finest, fastest and most graceful fight footage I've ever seen.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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


Legend of the Drunken Fist. As usual, Michelle Yeoh rocks.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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