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The Legend Of Fong Sai Yuk [DVD]

Jet Li , Lung Chan , Corey Yuen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Lung Chan, Sung Young Chen, Adam Cheng, Man Cheuk Chiu
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Producers: Chui Po Chu
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Martial arts matinee idol Jet Li portrays a real life turn-of-the-century Cantonese patriot, the dauntless Fong Sai-Yuk, in The Legend. This is a much more blunt and straightforward effort than Tsui Hark's flamboyant Once Upon a Time in China films, but codirectors Ann Hui (Song of the Exile) and Yuen Kwai (Yes, Madam) deliver many lively and funny sequences. The film's revelatory performance, however, comes from Josephine Siao, a Cantonese star of the 1960s in both comedies and high-flying swordplay films, who here plays Fong Sai-Yuk's martial mother. Siao disguises herself as a man to enter a martial arts competition and ends up winning both the prize and the heart of a high official's daughter--mostly because the girl has never met a hero with so much poetic sensitivity lurking just beneath the surface. Chu Kong (Sidney in John Woo's The Killer) plays Fong Sai-Yuk's father as an anti-Manchu patriot so unbendingly upright that he's a bit of a prig. As the action heats up, political stakes emerge more clearly. In the grand finale, Fong Sai-Yuk squares off against a Manchu killer played with great panache by newcomer Chiu Man-cheuk. --David Chute,

Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen format: 1:85.1
Subtitles: English / English for the hearing impaired / Dutch

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 7 July 2002
I bought this DVD having high expectations. I saw the original Cantonese version of "The Legend" (then known as "The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk") on TV about 2 years ago. It was brilliant and I would give it 5 stars. However, this version is dubbed and the original Cantonese version with English subtitles is not included. If you buy this you are wasting your money on a poor dub. A lot of the comedy and atmosphere in the film is lost as a result of this. If you want to see the original sub version then try going to and searching for "Fong Sai Yuk".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class. 24 Mar 2003
I think that most of the reviewers on this page are a bit harsh when it comes to The Legand. This was one of the first Kung Fu films I ever watched and I still think it's one of the best.
It doesn't try to take itself to seriously and in places is quite funny. But what really stands out is the fights, completely over the top and completely class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary 24 April 2005
Jet li the legend is an exciting film with a gripping story line. An enjoyable martial arts film about courage and the love of life. Jet Li has a great relationship with his mother who taught him all his kung fu moves. Together they rescue Jet Li's father and save China from tyrany and destruction. Dubbed in english which may be offputing for some martial arts fans but still a good film. Worth adding to anyones Jet Li collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw the Legend on Channel 4 very late at night in the original cantonese subtitled format. I found the film really funny, which undoubtedly is the motive behind the film. However upon watching this dubbed version i found that the film lost 80% of the humour it had displayed originally. Granted the action is still there and the physical comedy still remains, it is just sad that a very good film has been ruined by extremely poor dubbing. Buy this film for the action if your a wire work or Jet Li fan, but i'd recommend trying to track down the subtitled version which i'd give 5 Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-vamped to trash 24 May 2007
Firstly this is a great Hing Kong film and is one of Jet Li's best. Corey Yuen directs with flare and creativity, the fight scenes are well choregraphed that makes good use of martial arts and wire work. I have to note as well that Chui Man Chuk (Blacksheep Affair) delivers a good performance as the films villain. What I dislike about this version of the film is the re-vamping- dubbing is a variable aspect, it's expected that it wnt look right and sound slightly off. However, the use of an entirely new musical score completely changes the mood of the film. The definitive essence of the film is lost, with extrememly cheap music being used through out. This is a factor that comes across with all HK films that are convereted into Western rentals. Many Jackie Chan films have also recieved similar brutality, being cut and edited so that they're completely different films. I would have much prefered to have seen this film released on a Hong Kong Legends; Hong Kong Classics; Tartan Asia Extreme, or even the Optimum label. At least this way the films would have come as they were created, and not slashed and butchered by editorial cuts.

I liked The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk, the original HK title. And was equally impressed by the sequel as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend that is 25 Feb 2006
This film is exactly as it says on the cover; a Legend. This was the first Jet Li film i ever saw but is definatly one of his greatest. The fight scenes while visualy stunning they still maintain an air of humour which makes this film so captivating.
I would recommend this film for anyone wanting to break themselves into martial arts movies and martial arts movie veterians a film you must watch!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Lee as a teenager surpassed in kung fu skill by his mother
This is an old film, the first one I saw with Jet Lee as the star. Having only watched Jackie Chan before this, I was expecting to find this an inferior watch, but was actually... Read more
Published 15 months ago by steve tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Legend
Im a huge fan of Jet Li but i was alittle dispointed by this movie. Jet Li is obviously great and his action scenes will amaze anyone but I found everyother character in this movie... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by A. J. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality martial arts comedy
There are some great fights in this funny & exciting film. Some of the setpieces are amazingly well done & it's very good entertainment.
Published on 30 Nov 2008 by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab.
The Legend is a great movie , I think. I think this is quite funny at times although as one of the other reviwers said, the dybbing isn't spot on. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2005 by "chimpybob"
3.0 out of 5 stars Well what can i say ??
Well , what can i say this film is rather pants towards the begining with most of he film trying to be funny with some old crappy type situations and jokes , BUT the film has got a... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2002 by mr M hadrzynski
4.0 out of 5 stars a definate rival to crouching tiger
an excelent film, following the traditional cantonese story line but keeping it nice and fresh with some excelent wire work and great kung fu! a must see
Published on 30 April 2002
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