True Legend (2011)
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Critic Reviews for True Legend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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