New trailer for ‘True Legend’
In the film, veteran wushu star Vincent Chiu (THE BLADE) returns to the big screen to portray legendary kung fu folk hero Su Qi-er, better known as Beggar Su, a wealthy man stripped of his riches by elements within the Qing government. Forced to become a beggar, he devotes his life to martial arts and reemerges as a hero called the “ .”
Co-stars include mainland actress Zhou Xun, the late David Carradine, Michelle Yeoh, Jay Chou, Cung Le, Andy On, Conan Stevens, and Guo Xiaodong.
The film represents IRON MONKEY (1993).’s first highly anticipated solo directing dig since 1996. Prior to his work as a high-profile action director on films such as THE MATRIX, KUNG FU HUSTLE and KILL BILL, Yuen was one of Hong Kong’s top kung fu filmmakers with a long track record of hits ranging from SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW (1978) through
In a recent production diary entry posted on the film’s official site, Yuen talks about a fight sequence in the film between Chiu and Andy On (BLACK MASK 2) that was originally supposed to be set on a ship but ended up being moved to a massive waterfall in Shanxi Province. This sequence can be briefly seen in the trailer at about the one-minute mark. Yuen reveals that extra precautions were put into place, including the use of extra wires, to ensure that nobody fell off. More of the sequence appears in the first teaser trailer.
TRUE LEGEND has the look of a true Yuen Woo-ping production with highly imaginative characters and expertly choreographed and wire-enhanced martial arts action. The production design looks great. It’s creative and colorful with interesting locales yet earthy less pretentious and overbearing than typical mainland martial arts films. Yuen truly is the Master and audiences just cannot wait to see his first self-directed movie in nearly 15 years. In addition, we are pleased to see Chiu back in the limelight. He was brilliant in Tsui Hark’s THE BLADE and should have gained the same recognition as fellow wushu stars Jet Li and instead of fading back into TV roles. This could represent a second chance for him to step up as a leading kung fu star, especially now Li has shifted his energy to charity work and Yen is already planning his future retirement from the genre.
Another potential breakout performance could be from Andy On in the villain role. We especially liking his look in this movie. Not everyone looks good in a queue (pigtail with shaved scalp) but he’s rocking that thing, along with a pimped out period robe like no other.
Release Date – 13th Feb 2010 (CNY EVE)
Genre – Action / Adventure
Cast – Jay Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Zhou Xun
Director – Yuen Wo-Ping
Synopsis – So Chan was a wealthy man obsessed with kung-fu who fell from grace after he and his family became the victims of conspiracies. Eventually, he rises from his compromised state as a begger and transforms himself into a martial arts master, patriot and folk hero, honored as the “King of Beggars.”