Posted on 4/22/10 09:57 AM
In terms of action, Fist of Legend is in a league all its own. From the opening confrontation between Li and a group of Japanese racists to the brutal final showdown, the film literally stuffed with jaw-dropping, blink-and-you'll-miss-it kung fu wizardry. Of course, it helps matters considerably that the fights are choreographed by none other than Woo-ping Yuen, director of the Jackie Chan classic Drunken Master, among others. He's also the man responsible for the crazy action found in The Matrix, which pretty much re-invented screen fighting within the Hollywood system. Now it seems EVERYONE has to scale walls and spin forty-five times as they sail through the air before delivering a kick to some poor bastard's spine. Wire-fu has its place in action cinema, don't get me wrong, but I do think it's a tad overdone these days. ANYWAY, Woo-ping's use of wires is thankfully kept to bare minimum here, focusing instead on a more organic brand of martial arts. The fights are FIGHTS, meaning the combatants are out to destroy their opponent instead of merely posturing and posing for the camera. Try as I might, there's really no way to accurately describe the fights found in Fist of Legend, so do yourself a favor and check it out post-haste.