Epic: True Legend and the Drunken Venom Fists of Fury
Famed martial-arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) melds his trademark wirework with gonzo CGI fantasy in directing True Legend, a dizzying action-packed tale of familial treachery, sacrifice, and loyalty. In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths. Bursting with gravity-defying battles, the directors story concentrates on Su Can (Vincent Zhao), a Qing dynasty warrior whoafter retiring to marry Ying (Zhou Xun)finds himself pitted against foster brother Yuan (Andy On), whos bent on exacting revenge against his adopted relatives for murdering his real father. Sus third-act mastery of Drunken Fist techniques against foreign goliaths is frenzied but more traditional than the narratives initial half, in which realitys boundaries are stretched during showdowns atop a raging waterfall and between combatants suspended against the walls of a snake-filled well. Cameos from legends Michelle Yeoh and the late David Carradine further contribute to the proceedings epic might, and in Yuana pale-faced monster with armor sewn into his skin and a Five Venom Fists power fueled by tarantula and scorpion poisonthe film boasts a Mortal Kombatstyle villain of a most awesome order.
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