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TRUE LEGEND

So Chan (Vincent Chiu) was a wealthy man obsessed with kung-fu who fell from grace after he and his family became the victims of conspiracies. Eventually, he rises from his compromised state as a beggar and transforms himself into a martial arts master, patriot and folk hero, honoured as the "King of Beggars".

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 11 Feb 2010
Genre: Action / Adventure
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, Zhou Xun, David Carradine, Vincent Zhao, Andy On, Cung Le
Director: WooPing Yuen
Format: NA

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Writer: Chow Ee-Tan

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Watch this if you liked: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Fearless”, “Iron Monkey”

This is THE movie to watch if you are a martial arts fanatic!

In the latest martial arts epic by Yuen Woo-ping, "True Legend" chronicles the extraordinary life journey of Su Can, played by real-life martial-artist Vincent Zhao, from his earlier days of being a brave warrior of Qing Dynasty to finally becoming a legendary martial-arts maestro who is synonymous with the famous `Drunken Fist' he created.

"True Legend" is no doubt a feast for lovers of martial arts movies, with fierce and fast fighting scenes and some most fascinating and mind-boggling choreographies that would have you at the edge of your seats. There are also some touching scenes, particularly involving Su's family. The young actor who plays Su's kid is simply brilliant and the way he cries for his father would easily bring tears in your eyes.

The pivotal person in Su's life is his loving wife Yuan Ying who has stuck with him through thick and thin. The award-winning actress Zhou Xun once again puts up a class act for her role. Meanwhile, the draw of the film is in the many big names and guest stars such as Jay Chou as the God of Wushu and Datuk Michelle Yeoh as Sister Yu. However, they don't make much of an impact due to their undeveloped characters and short screen time. Andy Onn, on the other hand, makes quite an impression playing the chilling-looking villain with his expressions.

"True Legend" has out-of-this-world action choreography and some breath-taking cinematography, however the drawback is its rather cliche plot that at most time is predictable. Also, one wonders if "True Legend" tries too hard at bringing in many elements and art forms. Director Yuen, a martial-arts maestro who has choreographed many brilliant action sequences in Chinese and Hollywood movies like the "Kill Bill" and "The Matrix" films, has for this movie a blurred distinction between wuxia (think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Hero"), and kungfu movies (think "Fearless" or "Ip Man"). It's neither here nor there.

But overall, one would come out of the cinema quite satisfied - it is after all an inspiring story of one man's sheer determination to defy the odds and emerge as a true legend at the end.

Cinema Online, 10 February 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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