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Su Qi-er (2010)

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Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su's peaceful life is shattered when his... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Su Can / Su Qi-Er (as Vincent Zhao)
... Yuan Ying
... Yuan Lie
Xiaodong Guo ... Colonel Ma
... God of Wushu / Drunken God
... Dr. Yu
... Pickpocket
... Anthony
... Militia Leader
... Old Sage (as Gordon Liu)
... Su Wan-Kun
... Imperial Prince
... Bar Owner
... Iron Lad (as Genghong Liu)
Luxia Jiang ... Iron Maiden
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Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su's peaceful life is shattered when his vengeful adopted brother, Yuan Lie, kidnaps his son and leaves Su for dead. Saved from his demise by his wife Ying and the reclusive doctor Yu, Su resolves to perfect his technique so that he may defeat Yuan Lie and reunite his family. Suffering from visions that he aided in his training by two of the "Eight Immortals" in the form of the mystical "God of Wushu" and the eccentric "Old Sage" master of Drunken Boxing. He embarks on the path that would eventually give rise to the legend of the "King of Beggars." Written by Sam Sung-Sang

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Rated R for sequences of battle violence and brutal fighting | See all certifications »

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True Legend  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$80,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,484,893
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Su Can: I can not even hold a bowl of rice, how can I save your son?
Yuan Ying: You can not accept that you are defeated, you now have two opponents.
Su Can: I am a disabled.
Yuan Ying: No, you're not disabled. You always searching for a worthy opponent. Now you have found two: Yuan and yourself.
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"True Legend"
28 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

TRUE LEGEND marks the first Chinese made film to take advantage of 3D technology as well as returning Yuen Woo-Ping to the director's chair for the first time in fourteen years. Unfortunately it seems that the legendary action choreographer has failed to utilise the new technology with any sense of skill and has also lost his way somewhat in the plot department.

The film follows Vincent Zhao as Beggar Su, a fabled folk hero in China and creator of the legendary Drunken Fist style. After his father is killed by his brother-in-law, Su goes into hiding where he is trained by an unconventional Wushu master. It's a bog standard kung fu murder/revenge plot that's been done a million times before but now with the novelty of teeth grindingly bad 3D. The new technology – only used in selected scenes - is jarring and in no way immersive, adding a strong argument to the negative effect 3D can have on a film.

However, as messy as the 3D is, it is not as detracting as the final third of the film. After concluding the revenge plot, it suddenly shifts into a completely new narrative regarding western imperialism's encroachment on Chinese culture. It's an untidy mixture of Jet Li's Fearless with Jackie Chan's Drunken Master with an all too brief cameo by the late David Carradine.

Ultimately TRUE LEGEND is a disorganised film that poorly uses every martial arts cliché in the book. A couple of decent action sequences aside, there is little to recommend, even to the most avid kung fu fan. 3 out of 5

Cambridge Film Festival Daily


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