True Legend Reviews

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April 9, 2020
This marks maybe the first ever film about Drunken Boxing to take a serious dramatic approach and it was a fun film with heavy fantasy elements.
March 25, 2013
Great fight scenes and diverse martial arts make for a very entertaining film.
May 30, 2011
This gnarly beast -- written by To Chi-long -- is epic in scope
May 19, 2011
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.
May 17, 2011
Yuen understands that martial arts sequences are more than bodies in motion, they are bodies telling stories in motion.
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.
May 14, 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.
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.
May 13, 2011
Warrior perfects a new form of martial arts after tragedy strikes his family in a film from the extraordinary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping.
May 13, 2011
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...
May 13, 2011
It starts off spectacularly, with some of the finest, fastest and most graceful fight footage I've ever seen.
May 13, 2011
Fans don't go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action -- and Yuen doesn't disappoint.
May 13, 2011
Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed.
May 12, 2011
A hodgepodge of styles, "True Legend" works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.
May 12, 2011
Yuen stages exciting battles - slo-mo, freeze frame, and much gravity-slaying enhance the mood and often majestic settings - but the episodic structure wears thin before the last throat punch.
May 12, 2011
rabidly fun and cameo-packed
May 12, 2011
Anyone who fondly remembers the kung-fu glory years will likely get a nostalgic rush from True Legend, and not just because of the cameo appearances by Michelle Yeoh, Gordon Liu, and David Carradine.
May 11, 2011
Pic's many satisfyingly kinetic action sequences and strong thesping (particularly by femme lead Zhou Xun) outweigh its uneven scripting and occasional ill-advised forays into CGI.
May 11, 2011
In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths.
May 10, 2011
The real true legend here is Yuen Woo-ping, a chopsocky Renaissance man whose action choreography defines the post-Bruce Lee era of martial-arts cinema.
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