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A wealthy man, living during the Qing Dynasty, loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, he dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero known as the 'King of Beggars.' [Mandarin - English Subtitles]
This movie has some stunning action scenes. Outside of the main actor there are many supporting actors of note: Michelle Yeouh, Gordon Liu, David Chan, David Carridine. There are fantasy elements but is typical of chinese films as it relates to legend. Also, the animation graphics are worthy as well. Sets and camera angles are superb! Worth a watch for sure!!
The whole movie, I felt like I was watching a cheaper version of Jet Li's movie, Fearless. Basically followed the same storyline. Main character falls from grace, goes through life changing battle, has epiphany during recovery, and then come back to protect nation's pride. Not only was the acting subpar, but clearly the graphics were crude, and one could easily tell some of the landscapes were computer generated, and that one hawk was like mechanical.
Oh, but the movie was badass. I don't usually find this much fault in a movie, hell, I loved Transformers 2, but look at all the Razzies it was nominated for. I just wish the storyline wasn't so damn similar. I gotta admit, the first 15 minutes were the most entertaining first 15 minutes of any movie I've seen, this guy looks so fresh, so clean when he's shaven. Despite all the faults, all is forgiven because the fights scenes are just crazy, though they don't even come close to Fearless, or any Jet Li movies from back in the day, Once Upon A Time In China series comes to mind..
I'm Taiwanese/Chinese, call it whatever, but in the end, the difference doesn't really matter that much. I have seen countless kung-fu movies, that most people don't get to see. Naturally, I can critique a kung-fu movie in a more detailed way. One of the things that bothered me a little, but had no effect on the movie, was the supposed "Drunken Fist" that he was fighting with. It seemed NOTHING like drunken fist. It just looked like how he was fighting before, only drunk, and noticeably weaker. Now the guy he met at the restaurant, THAT was drunken fist, that's what I was looking for. Anyone that's seen Jackie Chan's "Drunken Master", or one of Jet Li's back in the day movies, forget what it's called, knows what Drunken Fist should look like. Supposedly, it's a stance that allows you to not get hit, and attack in the same motion. That's not what he was doing.
Anyways, I could be overanalyzing this, but if the movie was crap, I would not be bothering, so there you go. The acting was a little corny sometimes, the fight scenes were VERY well choreographed, and that kid, little Feng, man was he annoying. Especially if you understand what he's saying, haha, man he just repeats the same thing over and over..
So I would recommend you see this movie, if you have no problem with old style kung fu fighting movies. Pretty much Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen are the only ones making good kung fu movies any more, but I would watch out for the main character in this movie, Man Cheuk Chiu. 5/5, adding to my Action playlist, go there only if you want to see good movies. And go to my page only if you want to see good movies of almost every genre. Watch, rate, and enjoy, thanks! :)
@DARK..I Haven't seen Forbidden Kingdom in awhile but I'm pretty sure it was Jet Li playing the Monkey King and the spoiler that you mention.. Jackie Chan's character had nothing really to do with the Monkey King
Had no idea it would be this good. Not slow at ALL!1 Intro is one of the best ive ever seen. Story line, stunts are top notch. 5/5 if you like kung fu stories this will be your favorite. I hate that his girl was killed though. side note
I enjoyed the movie, it is very unusual for me to read through a movie. Subtitles really are not my thing. However, this movie was worth it to me. Thanks for the opportunity to view and review these films. I rate this movie as a 4/5.
As a MA fan, can't really wrap the mind around levitation as a special f/x. I agree with the opinion that that the story line & plot was a little disjointed. Overall, not the best MA film but it's still entertainment.
How unfortunate, what started out as a great movie slowly unravels towards the last 3rd of the movie. Leaving you rolling your eyes in disbelief that such a masterpiece such as True Legend, could errode into such mundain forgettable pile of crap.
what i enjoyed most about this film was the travails that the main character progressed through. i looked at it as symbolic of life's struggles in general. we fall, we get up, we fall, we get up..and so on. interestingly enough sometimes it's the strangest things that get us going again.
The movie had me up until the whole break-dancing drunken master part. I agree with the other post about the box thing. All in all..it's well worth a watch, and long enough to take up most of ur evening. 5/6 from me.
i totally agree with you.. all except for the drunken master part.. its a legendary form of kung foo.. if you watch closely and follow along with the movie.. which for the most part im sure you did.. you will see that with everything he goes through he learns another lesson as well as another form of kung foo
That was completely insane. It was like three different movies very loosely tied together. The jump from one story to the next was huge, yet they all followed the same character. It even skipped between different categories entirely. I'm not quite sure what to make of it all.
It began with a feudal Chinese military epic, but that didn't last long. I had a feeling which way things were going to go, but I had no idea they would be so obvious about it. I mean, a questionable guy with a negative attitude gets a large amount of political power, so that could end badly, yet he and his personal guards show up looking like vampires in spiked black armor. I mean, really? You need to try that hard to look evil? Their armor made them look like a combination of Darth Vader and Lord Sauron from Lord of the Rings.
That was all easily trumped by the man himself, though. See, this is exactly what happens when government officials spend more time practicing martial arts than actually governing. No meetings about the education budget or tax rates on imported goods, no, he wants to spend all his time doing body modification and killing subordinates with his bare hands. Though to be fair, I think my state Senator was once seen shoving his fists into bowls full of scorpions.
Then the whole drunken boxing thing came up, and the main character once again became a completely different person. These fight scenes were now split between professional wrestling moves and break-dance competitions. I was honestly starting to wonder if they just threw in a little "You Just Got Served" into it just for fun. By the time they were using pile-drivers, power-bombs and electric chair drops over a pit of tigers, I had long since stopped taking this any kind of seriously.
Why is it that all recent martial arts movies have ended in some strange tournament where big rude white people insult and kill Chinese fighters? They just did it in Ip Man 2, and I believe Jet Li's last historical epic (coincidentally called "Legend" I think) had the same thing. It also often comes out of nowhere right at the end of the movie. There was apparently some span of time in history where this kind of activity must have been a big problem. After the Opium War, I bet.
It looks like they had fun with it though, so why not? There were pretty heavy visual effects unfortunately, which I don't like to see in martial arts movies, but it all ended spectacularly with a posthumous celebrity guest appearance by
, of all people. Honestly, I think that guy has released more movies dead than he ever did alive.
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