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Legendary Assassin -- An assassin (Wu Jing) fresh from his latest kill becomes stranded on an island, when he inadvertently befriends a female police officer (Celina Jade). After the remains of a body are found, chaos ensues and criminals ravage the once peaceful streets.
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Legendary Assassin -- An assassin (Wu Jing) who is fresh from his latest kill becomes stranded in on island, when he inadvertently befriends a female police officer (Celina Jade).

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Release Date:
20 November 2008 (Singapore) See more »
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Every Move Kills
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A female cop befriends a mysterious martial arts drifter, who turns out to be a deadly assassin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jacky Wu ... Bo Tong Lam (as Wu Jing)

Celina Jade ... Hiu Wor
Kara Hui ... Boss
Zhan-Wen Keu ... Timothy 'Chairman' Ma (as Kou Zhan Wen)
Chi Zhang ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Zhang Chi)
Xue Liang Zhu ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Zhu Xue Liang)
Shan Peng Dang ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Dang Shan Peng)
Man-Wai Chow ... Sexy Girl (as Chow Man Wai)
Hau-Yiu Ng ... Sexy Girl (as Ng Hau Yiu)
Yin-Ming Sin ... Sexy Girl (as Sin Yin Ming)
Noriko Aoyama ... Miho Sasaki - Chairman Ma's Wife (as Aoyama Noriko)
Lik-Sun Fong ... Handson (as Alex Fong)
Jamie Wong ... Police
Leo Lai ... Police
Suet Lam ... Fat Wing (as Lam Suet)

Kai Man Tin ... Jellyfish (as Tenky Tin)
Yang Li ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Li Yang)
Sam Wong ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Wong Sam)
Tze Ming Lee ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Lee Tsz Ming)
Wing-Kuen Chan ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Chan Wing Kuen)
Yat Wa Ho ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Ho Yat Wah)
Chi-Wing Shek ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Shek Chi Wing)
Yat-Biu Lam ... Chairman's Subordinate (as Lam Yat Biu)
Ronald Cheng ... Fung Chi Keung
Sing-Yuk Cheung ... Siu Ming (as Cheung Sing Yuk)
Ken Lo ... Head of Robbers (as Keneth Loui)
Baocheng Jiang ... Robber (as Jiang Bao Cheng)
Xinqiang Chen ... Robber (as Chen Xin Qiang)
Pok-yee Ng ... Police (as Ng Pok Yee)
Sammy Leung ... Tarzan
Shiu Hung Hui ... Grant Gong (as Ben Hui)
Woon Ling Hau ... Maggie (as Hau Woon Ling)
Tin-Po Tam ... Mrs. Robinson (as Tam Tin Po)
Mark Cheng ... Commissioner Yu
Alex Lee ... CID
Lai Chi Wai ... CID (as Lai Chi Wai)
Chin Yiu Wing ... CID
Han Yuan Leung ... CID (as Leung Han Yuan)
Kwok-Hung Cheung ... CID (as Cheung Kwok Hung)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny Arroyo ... Wu Jing (voice: English version)
Tat-kwong Chan ... Ma's Subordinate
Yuk-Keung Kwok ... Policeman
Chi-Wai Lai ... CID
Todd Eric Valcourt ... Actor (voice: English version)
Wah Cheung ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Wong Wai Leung ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Chung Chi Li  (as Li Chung Chi)
Jacky Wu  (as Wu Jing)
 
Writing credits
Chi Keung Fung (written by) (as Fung Chi Keung)

Produced by
See-Yuen Ng .... executive producer
Paco Wong .... executive producer
Paco Wong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ying-Wah Wong  (as Raymond Wong)
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Pun (director of photography) (as Poon Yiu Ming)
 
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Yau  (as Yau Chi Wai)
 
Art Direction by
Raymond Chan 
 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
 
Makeup Department
Wanee Chu .... makeup artist
Wai Hing Lau .... hair stylist (as James Lau)
 
Production Management
Yuk Ching To .... production manager (as Maggie To)
Kam-Ming Wong .... unit manager (as Wong Kum Ming)
Chi Wai Yan .... assistant production manager (as Yan Chi Wai)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dickson Leung .... assistant director
Eddie Ng .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kung Chan .... propsman (as Chan Kung)
Sonia Ko .... assistant art director
Wai Ming Lam .... props master (as Lam Wai Ming)
 
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chun Wan)
Wing Sze Cheung .... foley recordist (as Cheung Wing Sze)
Lee Chun Chung .... dialogue editor (as Lee Chun Chung)
Wai Hung Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Wai Hung)
Chu Hung Lai .... dialogue editor (as Lai Chi Hung)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Hon Chiu)
Wai Shung Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Wai Shun)
Wai Shung Lam .... foley recordist (as Lam Wai Shun)
Michael Leung .... boom operator
Teko Leung .... location recordist
Burnard To .... dialogue editor (as To Burnard, Davy)
Burnard To .... foley recordist (as To Burnard, Davy)
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
Ho Wong .... dubbing coordinator: Mandarin (as Wong Ho)
Tse Kin Wong .... dialogue editor (as Wong Tsz Kin)
Henry Yam .... foley artist
Chun Hin Yiu .... sound effects editor (as Yiu Chun Hin)
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... dialogue editor (as Lee Yiu Keung, George)
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... re-recording mixer (as Lee Yiu Keung, George)
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound designer (as Lee Yiu Keung, George)
Chi Man Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Che Man)
 
Visual Effects by
Berri Chen .... visual effects producer
Jin Wing Cheung .... animator (as Cheung Jin Wing)
Rubens Chiu .... visual effects director
Wai-Kong Li .... animator (as Li Wai Kong)
Edward Pak .... compositor
 
Stunts
Chung Chi Li .... action choreographer (as Li Chung Chi)
Jack Wong Wai Leung .... action choreographer (as Jack Wong)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loc Men Chan .... focus puller (as Chan Lok Men)
Yuk-Mun Chan .... making-of (as Chan Yuk Mun)
Sai-Tak Cheung .... electrician (as Cheung Sai-Tak)
Wai-Fai Cheung .... grip (as Cheung Wai Fai)
Wing Keung Cheung .... grip (as Cheung Wing Keung)
Yat-Fai Cheung .... dolly (as Cheng Yai Fai)
Mike Lau .... assistant gaffer
Lam-Fai Leung .... electrician (as Leung Lam Fai)
Hon Lung Lo .... electrician (as Law Hon Lung)
Yiu Cheung Luk .... electrician (as Luk Yiu Cheung)
Kwok-Keung Mak .... electrician (as Mak Kwok Keung)
Chun-Wing Man .... electrician (as Man Chun Wing)
Ho Kai On .... electrician (as Ho Kai On)
Wai-Hsien Tse .... grip (as Tse Wai Hsien)
Wai-Chuen Wong .... gaffer (as Wong Wai Chuen)
Ying-Ki Yeung .... stills photographer (as Yeung Ying Ki)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kit Ling Chan .... wardrobe lady (as Chan Kit Ling)
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer (as Karen Yip)
 
Other crew
Cox Chong .... continuity
Tak-Leung Chong .... location helper (as Chong Tak Leung)
Tina Chow .... production coordinator (as Chow Kit Ting, Tina)
Peggy Lai .... production coordinator (as Lai Pik Yee, Peggy)
Pak-Seng Leong .... location helper (as Leung Pak Seng)
See-Yuen Ng .... presenter (as Ng See Yuen)
Pak-Ho Tai .... production assistant (as Tai Pak Ho)
Joey Wong .... presenter
Paco Wong .... presenter
Pauline Yeung .... tea lady
 
Thanks
Kara Hui .... special thanks
John Sham .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Long nga" - Hong Kong (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and brief sexuality
Runtime:
89 min
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
HK Neo Reviews: Legendary Assassin, 18 February 2009
Author: (webmaster@thehkneo.com) from Australia

Tagline: An empty directorial debut from Wu Jing…

Review by Neo: Wu Jing first comes into my attention when he first starred with the beautiful Christy Chung in Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi Boxer). Since then it took him exactly a decade before he showed his head again. For whatever reason, he was one of the best things in the extremely engaging SPL and followed it up with plenty of leading and supporting turns. There is no doubting that this lad does have potential, but as a director, Wu Jing is too simple in scenes that should be more complicated and far too exaggerated in what should be more straight forward film-making. Having a bad story is alone a poor beginning, but that's not to say that Legendary Assassin is plain bad news. There are plenty of fight scenes that are alone worthy of the starving action fans' attention, including the restaurant fight which included a cameo by Ronald Cheng. A decent film at best, average acting, some quality fight scenes, but in the end, Legendary Assassin disappoints as it just never seems to take off.

The movie is basically starts off with Wu Jing hobbling to a mysterious island off the coast of Hong Kong to state the obvious for the purpose of killing someone. In the process and somehow, he met up with this cute looking police girl (played by Celina Jade) and from there one fight follows another and before you realise, he is back in Hong Kong, gangster, police are chasing after him and eventually the cliché of a hero fighting to save his girl which is so obvious that it does not require a mention.

So what's wrong with Legendary Assassin? The answer is simple, whenever there is a problem we should always try to find out by going to the root of the issue. The problem is the story, and then it comes down to some originally directing and the fact that this is an action film, where adrenalin is meant to be rushing. However, this is not the case and the result is leaving the audience with disappointment and perhaps something better from Hong Kong's lone action cinema new generation hope with Wu Jing. As mention before, there was one brutal fight scene that is of interest, in the restaurant fight during the heavy wind and rain, but apart from that those good moments are far and few in occurrence.

Going on to the acting, there is no question that Wu Jing is yet to experience what it is like to actually act. Here he is as stoic as ever or perhaps as wooden would provide a better description. While he graces the screen whenever he attempts to fight, his character is rather boring to follow. It is a shame as he was so cool in SPL, as the silent assassin and there were times in the past couple of years, where I called him the young Jet Li. Then again, Jet Li used to act rather stoic in his early days before alighting the screen with some dazzling displays like Fearless, Hero (he was stoic yes, but there was depth with his underlying performance) and more recently in the critically acclaimed role in Warlords. Let's hope this lad will continue to improve and seriously one must mention if he is half as successful as Jet Li, it will be pronounced as some sort of success. Turning to newcomer Celina Jade, she is actually likable and decently natural for a first timer. There was plenty of rawness in her acting, but somehow he manages to pull through to become one of the few good things about the movie. On another note, she looks great in uniform too. However, supporting players like Alex Fong and Ronald Cheng, either overacts or leaning towards annoying than likability.

All in all, Legendary Assassin is really a disappointment and even a step back from Wu Jing previous starring vehicles like Fatal Move or even Fatal Contact. Maybe Wu Jing needs more time and work with more different kinds of director before donning the hat of a director. Maybe Wu Jing need to start stretching his acting a bit more or even take a leaf out of Donnie Yen's unashamed style of overacting or even his restrained performance in Yip Man. Whatever the case is, Legendary Assassin is by no means good enough for both a Wu Jing's film standard and the potential he can certainly reach. While it may seem rather critical, but sometimes, when some needs to be said, it owe to be spoken, and the reality is that Legendary Assassin is disappointingly below average and a clear step in the wrong direction of a promising career … (Neo 2009)

I rate it 5/10

- www.thehkneo.com

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