True Legend (2011)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
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Average Rating: 5.8/10
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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
May 13, 2011 Limited
Sep 13, 2011
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Diverting but unmemorable martial arts feature unlikely to become a classic.
Somewhere between masterful and messy, Yuen Woo-ping offers lots of kinetic kicks, but his CGI work deserves a kick in the pants.
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...
Fans don't go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action -- and Yuen doesn't disappoint.
Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed.
A hodgepodge of styles, "True Legend" works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.
Great fight scenes and diverse martial arts make for a very entertaining film.
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
Serious to the point of silliness, True Legend offers nothing new, but it steals adroitly.
Comes off less like the work of an old master and more like the mediocre imitation of one.
Opting for craziness over coherence, True Legend at least expends its energy in the right place.
Yuen understands that martial arts sequences are more than bodies in motion, they are bodies telling stories in motion.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Warrior perfects a new form of martial arts after tragedy strikes his family in a film from the extraordinary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping.
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