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  • Summary: On a television show billed as “the greatest fight show on Earth,” eager amateurs with lots to prove boldly step into the ring and expect to leave bloody but victorious. The ratings hungry producers seek out “legendary” but largely forgotten streetfighters and mine their desperation forOn a television show billed as “the greatest fight show on Earth,” eager amateurs with lots to prove boldly step into the ring and expect to leave bloody but victorious. The ratings hungry producers seek out “legendary” but largely forgotten streetfighters and mine their desperation for redemption and glory into ratings gold. [CJ Entertainment] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 15, 2013
    60
    Bloated but energetic, entertaining but interminable, tortured but strangely satisfying, Fists of Legend spends two-and-a-half hours unraveling the knotty saga of three middle-aged fighters, their shared dark past and their rocky road to redemption.
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    60
    Director Kang Woo-Suk spins an epic swirl of masculine psychodrama over his many punishing fight sequences...But he also makes a handful of sage points about desperate times, the cycle of bullying and our modern culture of ratings-sanctioned aggression.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    The film is so generous in its characterizations that it's easy to overlook the fact that its hot-topic drama (bullying, economic marginalization, etc.) amounts to little more than padded lip service.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    Shot with some wit and considerable speed, its short, sharp beatdowns are a refreshing change from the bloated action sequences favored by some of Mr. Kang’s genre contemporaries.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 11, 2013
    30
    The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general.