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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 »

Director:

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 ... Siu-wan
Adam Cheng ... Chan Ka Lok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Fast. Furious. Deadly.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | History

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

Jet Li also played the title role in _Wong Fei-hung (1991)_, and when he tells the story about how he stated a fake name to the police officers, he says he gave his name as "Wong ...", strikes his trademark Wong Fei-Hung pose, and Wong's theme song ("Under the General's Orders") starts playing. Instead of "Wong ... Fei-Hung", he says "Wong ... Jing", referring to director Jing Wong. 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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Exciting with a dash of comedy
3 July 2002 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Wow. After seeing this, Jet Li is truly awesome. But he's not the only one who shines here.

Fong Sai Yuk (Jet Li) is a young man who yearns to compete and backs it up with amazing kung fu. Jet is more carefree in this one and doesn't hesitate to fight. Josephine Siao plays his mother and she's such a character!! Any scene with her and Jet are just too funny! Michelle Reis plays the beautiful Ting Ting and has very good chemistry with Jet in the film (lucky guy!). Her dad Tiger Lu (Sung Young Chen) is quite a kooky character too and his mood swings provide for humor as well.

Now on to the action. The 'marriage' contest is AMAZING as Jet and Sibelle Hu are literally fighting over the crowd stepping from head to head, shoulder to shoulder. Jet really shows his prowess throughout the film fighting with fists, feet, swords, arrows and more! Credit deservedly goes to Corey Yuen who displays some of the most creative battles I've ever seen.

With a really cool soundtrack, great cast, humor and great kung fu, Fong Sai Yuk is really fun to watch.


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