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Legend Of A Fighter  [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2001
This is one of the best kung-fu films, period. It concentrates on the same story as Bruce Lee's 'Fist of Fury' and Jet Lee's 'Fist of Legend', and is just as, if not more, intense than these versions of the story. Pure action all the way through with plenty of different styles, this is a lost classic. The actors, although not well known, do their job well, and the fight direction sharper than the Rza. The smell of betrayal and honour give the film a sinister edge which holds until the final, wicked fight scene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 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.12 years pass and Chia (leung Kar Yan) has now become an expert in the Huo family style.When Huo's father is challenged one day he's unable to fight because he's sick at the time.When Chia steps in his father is shocked as he didn't know that he knew kung fu.With the challenger defeated he's forced to go through with his promise to break his own leg if he lost.Just as he's about to do it Chia intervenes and offers him a hand of friendship which is gladly accepted.After seeing that Chia had learned the family technique he decides to make him his successor.With his fame growing in the region not just because of his kung fu but also because of his righteous ways.After defeating many challengers he's confronted by the Japanese champion Sanaka.After a brutal fight Chia prevails,Sanaka not wanting to be disgraced when he returns to Japan commits suicide.When the Japanese find out they are enraged as they perceive China as the sick man of Asia.It's now revealed that Sanaka was a friend of Ho San and that the Japanese are demanding that San goes to China to gain revenge.During his time at the Huo residence Ho San had been secretly been learning the family style making him a very dangerous foe.As Chia prepares to go in to fight his best friend his father tells him that " the Huo family can afford to lose but China can't".With these words ringing in his ears he enters into a duel to the death.As I said in some of my other reviews I've been into Hong Kong/martial arts films for over 25 years now and I didn't come to this conclusion easily.I discussed it with Rick Baker,the co founder of video and dvd label Eastern Heroes and he said that this is definitely Beardy's best film.Everything about this film is perfect,the script,the plot,the action,the characterizations and the superb music score.What truly elevates this film is the excellent script which is superbly written,Yuen Woo Ping's direction is masterful as is everything else about this film.While I understand that this is a totally subjective view,when weighing everything up I have to say that I've never seen a more complete film.A masterpiece,one that every kung fu film fan should own!Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoy the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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on 25 September 2013
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2004
A really excellent movie. Good characters, excellent action and a decent storyline. I've been stocking up on kung fu movies lately and in my opinions this is one of the better ones.
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on 12 July 2010
One of my fav's from back in the days. Good story and good fight scenes....recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2001
This film provides you with ninety minutes of classic chinese Kung fu and Japanese styles in action and a story based around a timeless Chinese legend. This film has been well produced with a story that ends with a tragic twist
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2006
I genuinely don't see the hype here - this is a pretty average Kung Fu movie. I bought this after reading rave-reviews online and feel a bit cheated.

The fight scenes are a lot less well choeographed and involving than those in director Yeun Woo Ping's earlier (and superior) film Magnificent Butcher.

The attempts at comedy are incredibly poor - the guy with big teeth is bad enough but the fight on the boat has to be the most embarassing scene in the history of Hong Kong cinema!
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