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True Legend [2010]

Monday, April 16th, 2012

True Legend [2010]

Action, Fantasy, Martial Arts

Director: Woo-ping Yuen

Writers: Man Cheuk Chiu, Xun Zhou and Michelle Yeoh

Recommend Level: Very Good


Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su’s peaceful life is shattered when his vengeful adopted brother, Yuan Lie, kidnaps his son and leaves Su for dead. Saved from his demise by his wife Ying and the reclusive doctor Yu, Su resolves to perfect his technique so that he may defeat Yuan Lie and reunite his family. Aided by the mystical “God of Wushu” and the eccentric “Old Sage,” Su masters the art of Drunken Boxing, and embarks on the path that would eventually give rise to the legend of the “King of Beggars.” [IMDB]

True Legend Trailer [HD]

Definitely one to watch in my books, hard to define but its Beyond An Epic. The martial arts is mesmerising to watch and the story pulls you in. I wasn’t let down at all and was surprised to see it go on for soo long; he ends up having to defeat two enemies and that was not expected.

What I like about this movie was when Su Can has to defeat himself before he can move on and improve. The way the writers tackle Su Cans delusions is exceptional; by dividing the two things holding him back into people only he can see, including the place he interacts with them. In my opinion the Bearded Man plays Su Cans mind and the Wushu God (plus Drunken God) plays Su Cans skill. You also notice that only when Su Can gets drunk the Drunken God appears, which is cleaver writing.

The pre-ending of the movie reminds me of Jet Li’s ‘Fearless’ and Donnie Yens ‘Ip Man’. I would also go on to say that the fighting scene is equally as good. ‘Ip Man’ is still the best in my eyes but this can take over for the time being.

Editing Errors

During the fight scene on the peer you notice that Andy On’s character Yuan Lie has his face blurred out; maybe due to obvious stunt man recognition issues

Ratings Out Of Five

Story – 5/5

Special Effects – 5/5

Man Cheuk Chiu – Su Can (Su Qi-Er) 5/5

Andy On – Yuan Lie 5/5

Xun Zhou – Yuan Ying 5/5

Michelle Yeoh – Sister Yu 4/5

Chia Hui Liu – Bearded Man 5/5 (plays as Su Can’s mind / crazy conscience)

Jay Chou – God of Wushu / Drunken God 5/5 (plays as Su Can’s skill / lost pride)

Thanks: Amazon, MovieManiacsDE (YouTube)

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