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The Legend (1993)

Fong sai yuk (original title)
This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

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Corey Yuen

Writers:

Kin Chung Chan, Susan Godfrey (english adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Fong Sai Yuk
Josephine Siao ... Miu Chui Fa
Michelle Reis ... Ting Ting
Sibelle Hu Sibelle Hu ... Siu-wan
Adam Cheng ... Chan Ka Lok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan Lung Chan ... Macu
Sung Young Chen ... Tiger Lui
Kong Chu Kong Chu ... Fong Tuk
John DeMita ... Fong Sai Yuk (voice)
Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson ... (voice)
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Support
Joe Hannah Joe Hannah ... (voice)
Karen Huie ... (voice)
Tom Konkle ... (voice)
Peter Kwong ... (voice)
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Storyline

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. One of his Governors is sent on a mission to retrieve a list of members of that secret society. Meanwhile, Canton kung fu practitioner Fong Sai-Yuk falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich merchant, recently moved to Canton. Her father, in an attempt to gain influence in the region and thus improve his business, offers his daughter in marriage to the winner of a kung-fu contest. Some interesting gender role-reversals take place during a 'comedy of errors.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 March 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eastern Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kau Man was Vincent Chiu Man Chuk's first acting experience, so before shooting began, his friends told him that they could not envision him playing a villain because of his honest and kind appearance in real life. When he told the director he did not know how to portray a villain, he taught Chiu a trick to accomplish it, which is to simply look at someone from the corner of one's eyes while acting. Chiu took this advice to heart resulting in his evil performance as Governor Kau Man. See more »

Quotes

Fong Sai-Yuk: [assaults "intruder"] Who are you?
Mother Fong: [removes disguise] I'm your mother.
Fong Sai-Yuk: Wow. Mom! You look just like a man!
Mother Fong: Yeah, and I just won Tiger Lu's daughter's hand in marriage.
Fong Sai-Yuk: Does Dad know?
Mother Fong: Nooo!
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Crazy Credits

In the original Hong Kong cut, the final scene has Tiger throwing the Red Flower scroll into the air where it unfurls. The closing credits then roll down a parchment labeled "Red Flower Society Name List", as if the entire cast and crew were members of it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts
from Shu gim yan sau luk (1976)
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One of Jet's best movies
14 April 2002 | by abentenjoSee all my reviews

Jet revives another Chinese folk-hero into traditional action with a spirited portrayal of Fong Sai Yuk, kung fu wonderkid with a happy-go-lucky attitude and gleaming smile: despite their moral standings and martial artistry, Fong couldn't be more different than Jet's other alter-ego Wong Fei-hung. FSY is mostly played for laughs, and succeeds in all departments. Plots run parallel: one, in which Fong enters a kung fu competition held by former bandit Tiger Liu (Chen Sung Yung) offering his daughter as the prize, only to lose out to Liu's wife, Siu (Sibelle Hu), so his equally-spirited mother presumes male garb and takes over: she not only wins the competition but also wins Siu's heart! The other reveals Fong's father to be a key member of the Red Flower society and in possession of a list of its members, gutlessly pursued by an evil Manchu general (Zhao Wen Zhou). Everything simply falls into place and we're left with a truly delightful action romp, with special turnouts from charming comedienne Josephine Siao (as Fong's mother) and the always-exciting Jet Li.


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