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Legend Of A Fighter [DVD]

Yao Lin Chen , Yeh Fang , Woo-ping Yuen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yao Lin Chen, Yeh Fang, Fung Fung, Hark-On Fung, Ha Huang
  • Directors: Woo-ping Yuen
  • Writers: See-Yuen Ng, Jing Wong, Li-jen Liang
  • Producers: See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059RLD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,917 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In the historically based Kung fu drama Legend of a Fighter director Yuen Woo Ping offers his version of the early life of martial artist Fok Yuen Gap (played by Leung Kar Yan). Set at the beginning of the 20th century, Fok is considered too weak to learn the family Kung fu style. Still, as his father can break eggs by growling, he probably considers most people weak. The teenager forms a bond with his humane Japanese tutor (Kurata Yusuaki), who secretly teaches martial arts. The story builds to a moving climax as 12 years later pupil and now ageing master are forced by honour into a deadly duel. The opening and closing acts are by far the strongest, the plentiful fight scenes being balanced by gentle humour and emotions torn between friendship and duty. Both lead actors are excellent, with Yusuaki being particularly fine as the noble warrior-teacher. The middle, a series of disconnected tableaux in which Fok establishes his stature as a Kung fu expert, goes on much too long to sustain interest. Nevertheless the story of Fok Yuen Gap, a genuine Chinese hero who was also the inspiration for Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (1972), is fine and Woo Ping delivers the one-on-one Kung fu action with the touch of a master.

On the DVD: The 1.77:1 image doesn't benefit at all from its anamorphic enhancement, the entire film being presented slightly out of focus so that by the end eyes are likely to be aching. The opening 4:3 Academy ratio archive footage has been distorted to 1.77:1, while the original trailer shows Legend of a Fighter was shot in an extremely wide format--possibly the Hong Kong equivalent of early 2.66:1 CinemaScope, or even 2.74:1 Techniscope--which means that large amounts of the original image are missing. This is very obvious as characters constantly vanish off the sides of the screen or are cropped in half. Additionally, and again compared to the crisp, sharp trailer, colours are washed out, while the mono sound distorts whenever the music gets loud. The film is available in Mandarin with optional English subtitles, or in an awful English dub littered with inappropriate obscene language. There is a nine-minute interview with Leung Kar Yan, and a 23-minute interview with Yuen Woo Ping, which is a slightly longer version of the conversation presented on the Magnificent Butcher DVD: it's notable how he expresses his love of science fiction and indicates he would like to make a SF Kung-fu movie, something he achieved with The Matrix (1999). There is a Hong Kong Legends' promo for the film, together with seven further new trailers. The photo gallery is pointless, simply cropping some shots even further than the main presentation. --Gary S Dalkin

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DVD Special Features:

Anamorphic 16:9 version enhanced for widescreen TV's
Theatrical Trailer (including rare deleted footage)
Production Photo Gallery
Duel Language Presentation English dubbed and Mandarin Language with English Subtitles)
UK Music Promo
Animated biography showcase
Interview with Yuen Woo Ping
Interview with Leung Kar Yan

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yuen Woo Ping revives a legend 10 July 2002
After reading the reviews on this film I just had to submit my own as they do not do this film justice at all!
Leung Kar Yan stars as Fok Yun Gap (Bruce Lee`s master in Fist of Fury) and portrays one variation of his life story. Set in turn of the 20th Century China it begins with a young Fok Yun Gap as a weak youngster whose father (played by Hong Kong screen legend Philip Kao) refuses to teach him the family fighting style. Instead he learns from Kurata Yusuaki who poses as a teacher in order to learn the families fighting style. After many years of training Fok Yun Gap becomes Chinas premier martial artist, beating all challengers. After one of his foes, a Japanese Karate expert, kills himself in shame at his defeat the Japanese send their top fighter to challenge Fok to a duel to the death. In a tragic twist the Japanese master turns out to be Foks old teacher and the 2 go at it with only one surviving the victor.
Woo Ping directs one of his best pictures, blending a good storyline and fine action to produce a very watchable film. Leung Kar Yan turns in his finest performance, without his usual style of overacting and performs the many fight sequences with great finesse considering he has never studued any martial arts. With all the wire work ruining the modern Hong Kong actioners its great to see the old school flicks showing how it should be done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit this has got to be one of the best kung fu films I've seen in a long time. I've always been into kung fu films since I was a kid and had seen at least a dozen martial arts movies.

This one though I dont quite remember if there was a VHS version at the time, but nevertheless the DVD is fantastic. Liang Chia Ren (Leung Kar Yeung) is the star of this classic tale of boy wanting to learn kung fu, being rejected by his overprotected father Master Fok (played excellently by Hong Kong Legend Philip Ko Fei.

Yasuka Kurata is the "friend in need" so to speak, as he teaches Fok Yun Gap (Liang Chia Ren) about the martial arts and in time becomes the master of the school.

I wont spoil the rest, this movie has to be seen to fully appreciate the story, and the fight scenes are expertly choreographed by the man himself Drunken Master's Yuen Woo Ping.

Five Stars deservadly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best martial arts film ever made! 20 July 2014
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Having agonized over this question since I first saw saw this film about 15 years ago on vhs and having just watched it again on dvd,I have finally come to the conclusion that Legend of a fighter is the greatest martial arts movie ever made.Chu Yuan (Yuen Yat Chor) is desperate to learn the Huo family technique which is respected through out the region.But his father (Philip Ko) refuses to teach him based on the family motto "we never tech strangers,cheats or weaklings".He considers his son to be weak because he's unable to move his fathers arm when he holds it up.While Chia is out in the woods one day he's set upon by the local bullies who tease him over his lack of martial arts prowess.A stranger (Karata Yusuaki) happens to be passing by,he's on his way to the Huo family residence.He hears that the youth being beaten up is part of the Huo family,Ho San (yusuaki) is employed by Chias' father as to tutor his son but only after he's been tested to see if he knows martial arts.Chias' father is very wary about outsiders learning the family technique,Ho San convinces him that his motives are honest.When San intervenes on Chias' behalf when he sees his father beating him for getting into trouble he reveals to him that he does actually know kung fu and that he's willing to teach him.Not only does he teach him kung fu he also becomes his mentor and best friend.While out one day,they encounter the town bullies once again this time Ho San intervenes when he sees that Chia is outnumbered.Having killed the bullies he decides that it's time for him to return home.The two exchange tokens of friendship and Ho San tells Chia that he's left him a manual and that one day he will become a better fighter than his father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kung fu movie ever. 12 Mar 2006
By morgoth
I bought this and it said woo-ping interview, dual language, lost footage, etc.
Well folks, it had none of that. I got a chapter selection and a play option.
Well, it's not like I care, I still got fav. movie ever with an acceptable dub and picture quality.
Phillip Ko, kuratu, beardy, bucktooth, japanese judo master, pipe smoker on ship, and young fok yun gap are so extraordinary in this movie. They are playing parts in your standard old school kung fu movie, but the fact that they get the max out of every scene and capitilize on every facial expression, every chop-sockey aspect is done so well in this, and that't what makes it the greatest of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 25 Sep 2013
By Justyn
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This is a top notch kung fu movie, starring legend Leung Kar yan is one of his best roles to date.
The kung fu scenes are very well done with Yuen Woo Ping in charge of the choreography.

This is a classic in every word, excellent fights, top notch cast and one of the best action directors ever.

If you haven't seen it, please find a way to grab this classic in the genre.
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