Jing wu ying xiong (Fist of Legend) Reviews
Fist of Legend features some excellent action sequences, as Li takes on fights ranging from 1 on 1, to 1 vs. 20. He takes on other masters, students and a crooked general. One fight includes him being blindfolded and they are forced to fight each other based on sound alone. The fighting sequences in the film are much rawer and feature Jet Li's abilities at his best, and do not feature wires, or other elements. This is the best aspect of this film. Fist of Legend also features a romantic element as he is in love with a Japanese woman, which is considered blasphemy for this time period. The plot is relatively simple, but this is solid Kung-Fu film. Jet Li has never been one of my favorites, but this is easily one of his best films.
The sound effects could have been a bit more on point and not so conspicuous and it seemed like the dialogue was a bit delayed, but when it came to actually seeing the hand-to-hand combat on screen, there's nothing better for its time.
Although this movie was made in the early 90's, the concept is a pretty old school. How many Kung Fu movies have we seen were the hero says to his enemy, "You Killed My Master"? Basically the whole film is based on Jet Li revenging the death of his old master, and to get to the truth of his death, he has to challenge Japan's best fighters with the help of his friend. Like many old school martial arts movies, the acting is pretty sketchy but the action scenes were great. You kind of want them to stop the chatting and just get on with the action but thats just my personal opinion. I liked the authenticity of the whole film and the showdown at the end with the Dolph Lundgren lookalike was quite good, but I still prefer the proper old school Kung Fu movies. Watchable!
This is Jet Li in his usual kicking butt mode. I haven't seen his co-stars in any other movies, but I'm sure they will be popping up during my Jet Li season. The film does have a Bruce Lee feel to it which is why it went down so well at the box office. Personally, I have seen the film a few times before so I knew what to expect and I still enjoyed watching it again.Â
Worldwide Gross: HK$31million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their Jet Li movies about a man who is seeking revenge after finding out that his old Kung Fu master has been mysteriously murdered. 6/10