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Though he's hardly a household name (at least in the United States) it's no exaggeration to say that Yuen Woo Ping is one of the most influential filmmakers on the planet. As the director of 1978's "Snake in Eagle's Shadow," Yuen helped launch the career of Jackie Chan and define his unique style of comedic kung fu. He went on to direct or choreograph the fights in almost every major Chinese martial arts film of the last quarter century, and when he brought his unique style to America in "The Matrix" in 1999, he revolutionized the way Hollywood action films were made for years. Yuen Woo Ping's new film as both director and fight choreographer is called "True Legend," but it's a title that might just as well be bestowed upon Yuen himself.
In honor of "True Legend"'s U.S. release this week, we asked Yuen to do something »
- Matt Singer
True Legend Review
Yuen Woo-Ping, a master of martial arts choreography, makes his directorial come-back in the fantastical tale of revenge True Legend, which Indomina Releasing acquired after it screened at Fantastic Fest last year. True Legend will have a limited theatrical release on May 13th, and packs some faster-than-possible punches. The martial arts choreography is as sleek and stylized as any fan of the genre could wish, and though the sometimes silly story went on far too long, the film was still a great showcase for Woo-Ping’s action artistry. Austin’s fast-growing genre film festival Fantastic Fest saw a deluge of martial arts entries last year. Director/choreographer Woo-Ping’s Snake in Eagle’s Shadow and True Legend both screened, and Woo-Ping was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Woo-Ping is responsible for choreographing the awesome fight scenes in films like The Matrix Trilogy, Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, »
- Amy Curtis
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- Travis Keune
A trailer for Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend is finally online. The film opened last year in Asia and in the UK, but hasn’t yet been released anywhere in North America. For anyone unfamiliar, Yuen Woo-ping is renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He began directing in 1978 with Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star. He has worked with the biggest stars in Hong Kong and in some of the biggest movies, including with Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught, Donnie Yen in Iron Monkey, and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun.
Yuen’s works, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (propably the greatest martial arts movie ever made), attracted the attention of the Wachowski brothers, »
- Kyle Reese
Any martial arts / kung fu fans out there? You've got to check this out! AICN has debuted a classic poster for True Legend, the newest martial arts epic from Yuen Woo-Ping, kung fu choreographer on The Matrix films, Kill Bill 1 and 2, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Fearless, and director of numerous martial arts classics including Snake in Eagle's Shadow, Twin Warriors and Iron Monkey. I saw the movie at Fantastic Fest last year and loved it (here's my write-up about it), it's an awesome kung fu flick that has some amazing fight scenes, as Woo-Ping really is the master. The poster really makes me want to see it again. Check it out! You can check out a full-size version of the True Legend poster originally on Ain't It Cool News if you wish. Su Qi-Er (Man Cheuk Chiu) is a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses »
- Alex Billington
5 items from 2011
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