Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 12, 2011
    There is no question that Yuen Woo-ping is a master of his craft, but True Legend leaves doubt as to his mastery of the art of storytelling.
  2. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    May 13, 2011
    Bridged by rude comedy familiar to veteran viewers of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, True Legend is refreshingly unpretentious in comparison to the pompous nationalism of recent Chinese war spectacles like "The Warring States."
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    May 13, 2011
    A hodgepodge of styles, True Legend works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 12, 2011
    Watching True Legend, a wuxia film crossed with classic vaudeville, it's hard to figure out who's borrowing from whom anymore.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 13, 2011
    If action's your thing, then the Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts epic True Legend is your movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    May 12, 2011
    The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 12, 2011
    True Legend's heart is in the right place. It's just the body that's weary.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 12, 2011
    After a stirring opening battle, however, the fights in True Legend become pretty routine. And beyond some lovely mountain scenery and a tiny cameo by a radiant Michelle Yeoh, there isn't much else to look at.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 10, 2011
    Whereas Yuen's speciality has always been gonzo, gravity-defying spectacles, now he's spiced his set pieces with plasticine computer-generated flourishes-effectively puncturing the inventive, handmade charm and fluid flurries of artistry that made his classic fight scenes so thrilling.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 10, 2011
    In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 3, 2013
    True Legend tells the story of Yuan Lie, the pale kung-Fu master of the Five Venom Fist, who is adopted by the man who killed his father and raised him as one of his own. Jealous of his adopted brother Su Can's marriage to his sister, Yuan Ying, and longing for vengeance for the murder of his father, Yuan Lie takes his revenge, and takes over the kingdom as his own, and keeps his nephew hostage. Barely escaping with their lives, Su Can and Yuan Ying flee to the mountains, where they plan to rescue their son. Thinking that her husband has gone mad, Yuan Ying ventures off to rescue her son alone, while Su Can fights with the god of wushu in his mind, and learns the secret to defeating Yuan Lie. But can Su Can reach the palace to save his family in time? I found True Legend very entertaining. The fight sequences are very well choreographed, and feature over-the-top action that is trademark of a good Kung-Fu movie. The antagonist of the movie uses armor that is sewn into his skin, and his punches shoot poison into his victims. The special effects in this movie are very well done, and show how far that Chinese cinema has come. The movie also has a well known actress, Michelle Yeoh, who plays Dr. Yu, as well as a cameo by the late American actor David Carradine. The acting of all of the characters is very well done, even from a westerner's point of view, whatever that is worth. I don't speak Mandarin, although I prefer to watch Chinese films with their original voice track, and subtitles, so when I say the acting is good, I mean that there is plenty of believable and genuine emotion throughout this movie, and that is a trait that sets this movie apart from a lot of action films. As a fan of kung fu movies, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone else who is a fan of kung fu, or action films in general. I think this movie even deserves a spot in my Blu-Ray collection. Enjoy!! Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2012
    Dude, you have to checkout the podcast review of True Legend and Legend of The Fist here -

    The Mondo Maniacs
    ( do a podcast review and comparison between True Legend and Legend of the Fist. The review is funny as balls! You can check it out here -
    I highly recommend it.
    -Steve The Dude
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