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Fists of Legend (Blu-ray)

CJ Entertainment // 2013 // 131 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 2nd, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson has cankles of legend.

The Charge

To be the greatest you must become a legend.

The Case

First off, this is not to be confused by Jet Li's immortal Fist of Legend; these are unrelated films. Which is unfortunate, because being mistaken for a great action movie like that would probably be the best thing to happen Fists of Legend.

I blame myself, really. After once again getting my hopes up thanks to the marketing of a disc cover, it should be no surprise that the film contained within is not what is advertised on the outside. Actually, I should temper that; the implied film from the cover is not what you get on disc, which is: dope MMA action and street fighting and legendary fists.

What you actually get: a dark action comedy about a martial arts tournament, aired on TV, which pits former high school bad-asses against each other. Flashbacks to the participants' misadventures during their adolescence are sprinkled among the abbreviated fight scenes and present day melodrama.

Leaving you with: A film that has an interesting premise but sinks under the weight of unsatisfying melee setups and a bully story tangent that gets weird and flames out. The fights, especially, are nothing of note. The TV show scenario is tongue-in-cheek, and the bouts follow suit. The beatdowns are brief and not choreographed to thrill, but more to transmit a metaphor connected to the high school storylines. In fact, the most compelling fights happen during the flashbacks.

But, all of this is moot because for some ungodly reason, Fists of Legend clocks in at two and a half hours.

Two hours and a half hours, man!

The Verdict

Guilty. A movie like this should not be flirting in Lord of the Rings territory.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: CJ Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (Korean)
• English (SDH)
• Korean
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Action
• Blu-ray
• Foreign
• Martial Arts

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