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Former high school brawlers face off in the ring years later in the intense action drama Fists of Legend from blockbuster director Kang Woo Suk (Moss). Starring Hwang Jung Min (New World), Yoo Jun Sang (In Another Country), Yoon Je Moon (Battlefield Heroes) and Jung Woong In (My Boss My Teacher), the film jumps between flashbacks to the heroes' troubled, fist-happy school days and the circumstances of their middle-aged present that bring them to the ring. Based on a web comic, Fists of Legend delivers brutal bouts and masculine melodrama in equal measures as it takes on the high-octane sport of mixed martial arts and the ruthless world of youth violence.

Former boxer and Olympic hopeful Lim Deok Kyu (Hwang Jung Min) was a legend back in his younger days, but now he's just another middle-aged widower with a delinquent teenage daughter (Ji Woo) and piles of debt. Producer Kyu Min (Lee Yo Won) wants him on her reality competition program "Legendary Punch," which pits MMA fighters against former street fighters. Deok Kyu reluctantly joins the program in hopes of winning the cash prize, and he becomes the first challenger to beat a professional fighter. As the program soars in popularity, Deok Kyu's former high school friends – corporate manager Sang Hoon (Yoo Jun Sang) and low-level gangster Jae Saek (Yoon Jae Moon) – also enter the contest. The three share a dark past... and a new reason to fight again.

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Product Title: Fists of Legend (2013) (Blu-ray) (US Version) Fists of Legend (2013) (Blu-ray) (美國版) Fists of Legend (2013) (Blu-ray) (美国版) Fists of Legend (2013) (Blu-ray) (US Version) 전설의 주먹
Also known as: 傳說的拳頭 传说的拳头
Artist Name(s): Lee Yo Won | Jung Woong In | Kang Sung Jin | Hwang Jung Min | Yoo Jun Sang | Yoon Je Moon | Park Doo Sik | Ji Woo | Goo Won 李瑤媛 | 鄭雄仁 | 姜成辰 | 黃 政民 | 俞俊相 | 尹宰文 | 朴斗植 | Ji Woo | Goo Won 李瑶媛 | 郑雄仁 | 姜成辰 | 黄政民 | 俞俊相 | 尹宰文 | 朴斗植 | Ji Woo | Goo Won イ・ヨウォン | チョン・ウンイン | カン・ソンジン | ファン・ジョンミン | ユ・ジュンサン | ユン・ジェムン | Park Doo Sik | ジウ | クウォン 이 요원 | 정 웅인 | 강 성진 | 황 정민 | 유 준상 | 윤제문 | 박두식 | 지우 | 구원
Director: Kang Woo Suk 康祐碩 康佑硕 佑硕 カン・ウソク 강우석
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-02-18
UPC Code: 851339004296
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: United States, South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Package Weight: 81 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035007213

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Professional Review of "Fists of Legend (2013) (Blu-ray) (US Version)"

September 24, 2013

This professional review refers to Fists of Legend (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Despite its familiar sounding title, Fists of Legend isn't an old school martial arts epic, but a Korean MMA themed drama from director Kang Woo Suk. Kang is one of the country's biggest blockbuster names, having helmed a long line of commercial and critical hits including the Public Enemy trilogy, Silmido, Moss and more, and so pretty much anything with his name attached is of interest. Making the film even more of a promising prospect is a fine cast headlined by Hwang Jung Min (New World), Yoo Jun Sang (In Another Country) and Yoon Je Moon (Battlefield Heroes) as three very manly men, childhood friends and rivals who face off against each other in the ring.

Hwang Jung Min plays Lim Deok Kyu, who back in his school days had high hopes of becoming an Olympic boxer, though who is now a struggling noodle shop owner with a troubled teen daughter (Ji Woo). Knowing of his boxing and his former status as top street brawler, producer Kyu Min (actress Lee Yo Won, Perfect Number) persuades him to appear on her television show "Legendary Punch" in which MMA stars take on everyday Joes for cash prizes. After Lim starts notching up victories and becomes a public hero, things get more complicated when two of his childhood friends, corporate worker Sang Hoon (Yoo Jun Sang) and shabby gangster Jae Saek (Yoon Jae Moon) are also signed up, bringing back memories of their violent and not always pleasant past.

Although it might sound fairly basic and straightforward, Fists of Legend is an incredibly busy and ambitious film, Kang Woo Suk seemingly having tried to cover as many bases as possible, from underdog sports story toFriend style youth violence and bonding, with reality television satire comedy and plenty of macho melodrama in between. Clocking in at a very lengthy two and a half hours, it's a fairly bloated affair, Kang not always getting the pacing right, and it does go through several markedly unfocused periods, with the flashbacks to the past not being terribly well implements. However, despite this, the film actually works very well, and Kang's talent as a cynical and gritty storyteller does shine through, and it not only holds the interest but builds towards a conclusion that's surprising and rewarding.

At the centre of the film is a depiction of Korean society as being ruled (and possibly ruined) by a culture of violence, seen here at every level, from school bullying through to corporate thuggery and financial threats, with most of its characters spending their time being forced to do things against their will or simply to survive. It's notoriously difficult for a film to be critical of violence while at the same time serving up brutal violence for the purpose of entertainment, though Kang just about manages to pull it off, mainly since the film as a whole is a fairly dark affair and highly critical of Korean society in general. This extends to his characters as well, and where the film really impresses is in the way that none of the leads are completely likeable or decent men, being flawed and troubled in many ways. With Kang getting great, powerful performances from all three of his male stars (the female characters in the film are relegated almost entirely to background concerns, Lee Yo Won in particular having very little to do), this results in an unexpected level of emotional depth, and though a lot of its melodrama is cheap in a sub-John Woo manner, the script emerges as being more than the sum of its various parts.

Though dark, the film still has the feel of a glossy blockbuster in Kang's usual style, and it looks good throughout, with strong visuals and aggressive editing. The fight scenes themselves are suitably bone crunching and vicious, whether the MMA bouts or the flashback street fights, and the film certainly packs in plenty of blood, sweat and grunting. Kang has always been a solid action director, and the set pieces here are well-choreographed and exciting, and serve the very useful purpose of injecting a little pace and spectacle when the film slows down.

While overlong and frankly exhausting, Fists of Legend is nevertheless another solid blockbuster from Kang Woo Suk, who again proves himself a master of the commercial form. Benefitting considerably from a deeply cynical streak and an unflinchingly critical eye, it's very enjoyable in a rough and tumble sort of way, in particular for viewers fond of testosterone explosions.

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