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Fantasia 2011: ‘True Legend’ is a step above most forgettable Kung-Fu films

24 July 2011 11:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

True Legend aka Su Qi-Er

Directed by Woo-ping Yuen

Written by Chi-long To

(2010) Hong Kong

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Beggar Su is the old man who trains Wong-Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) in the drunken fist style in the first Drunken Master, not coincidentally also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, so this film acts as a prequel to the Drunken Master films, explaining how Beggar Su came to be a drunk.

The film starts with Su Qi-Er as a successful and respected general alongside his two best friends Ma (Xiaodong Guo) and his blood-brother Yuan Lie (Andy On). After a thrilling rescue of a kidnapped Imperial prince, Yu is offered a position as governor and advised to send the erratic Yuan into exile. Instead, Yu gives his sword to Ma, retires from the army and ensures that Yuan gets the post as governor.

Yu Qi-Er’s problem is that True Legend is not just a prequel to Drunken Master, »

- Michael Ryan

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True Legend (2011)

12 May 2011 11:46 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

Written by: To Chi-long

Cast: Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, Andy On, David Carradine, Guo Xiaodong, Feng Xiaogang, Cung Le, Gordon Liu, Leung Kar Yan, Jacky Heung

It's fairly common to see a humble warrior rise to greatness in film - especially within kung fu movies - but it's not quite as common when the rising warrior is also completely and utterly out of his mind.

Su Can (Vincent Zhao) has it all together when things are going reasonably well. He's just led an army through a crushing victory as its general, and is on his way to being promoted to governor. Humble to a fault, he instead passes the promotion onto his brooding foster-brother, and returns home to study his beloved Wu Shu and spend time with his wife and son.

He might have made a better choice; it turns out that his foster brother, »

- Tristan Sinns

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