True Legend is about two brothers, Su Can and Yuan Lie. Su Can’s father had killed Yuan Lie’s father for committing horrible acts of cruelty upon the common people with his Five Deadly Venom Fist style (an homage to Five Deadly Venom’s) . Feeling guilty Su Wan-kun raises the two children of his enemy Yuan Lie and his sister Xiao Ying. Su Can is jealous of his foster brother and upset that his sister eventually marries him. He sets out to get revenge for his father.
This is the first movie Yuen Woo-Ping has directed since 1996’s Tai Chi Boxer. It is the first martial arts 3D film to be released in China however it didn’t make as much money as originally expected. Production values are high and the cast is top notch. The plot is very simple, revenge and redemption so don’t expect any deep meaningful philosophy by watching True Legend. It is a gritty and violent action film that doesn’t disappoint. I enjoyed the many homages to other great films in True Legend and the style and feel of the movie up to the ending where it started to seem like a rip off of Fearless than the kick ass movie it was in the first half.
Zhou Xun (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, The Legend of the Condor Heroes, Painted Skin) as Xiao Ying
Jay Chou (The Green Hornet, The Treasure Hunter) as God of Wushu / Drunken God
Michelle Yeoh (Magnificent Warriors, Butterfly and Sword, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Reign of Assassins) as Sister Yu / Yu Shu Lien
Andy On (The White Dragon, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, The Lost Bladesman) as Yuan Lie
David Carradine (Kung Fu TV series, Kill Bill 1 & 2) as Anton
Guo Xiaodong (The Warlords, Reign of Assassins, An Empress and the Warriors) as Colonel Ma
Feng Xiaogang (Kung Fu Hustle, ) as Pick pocket
Cung Le (Bodyguards and Assassins, The Grandmaster) as Militia Leader
Leung Kar-Yan (Five Shaolin Masters, The Shaolin Avengers, Eagle’s Claw, The Return Of The Condor Heroes 1983, Seven Swordsman of Mount Heaven TV series) as Su Wan-kun
Jacky Heung (Fearless, The Warlords) as Imperial Prince / Genera
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping (Drunken Master, The Magnificent Butcher, Wing Chun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Legend of Zu, The Forbidden Kingdom)
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