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After offing a mob boss hiding away at an outlying island village, legendary assassin Bo (Wu Jing) finds his getaway thwarted by an incoming typhoon that brings all boats to a standstill. Meanwhile, his mark's lackeys make it to the island on the last ferry. Stuck on the island, Bo encounters and saves a cute police officer (Celina Jade), and unexpectedly becomes the guest of honor at the local police station. But everything hits the ceiling fan when the dead body is discovered. The race is on as the triads cull the streets of the tiny island, and the big-city cops come rolling in. Bo manages to run circles around the pack, but then his new friends get pulled into the deadly game.
Legendary Assassin features supporting performances from newcomer Celina Jade, action veterans Ken Lo and Kara Hui, singer Alex Fong Lik Sun (Bullet & Brain), Mark Cheng (Invisible Target), Japanese actress Aoyama Noriko, plus comic relief masters Ronald Cheng, Lam Suet, Hui Siu Hung, Tin Kai Man, and Sammy Leung.
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|Artist Name(s):||Wu Jing (Actor) | Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Celina Jade (Actor) | Mark Cheng (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Aoyama Noriko (Actor) 吳京 (Actor) | 方 力申 (Actor) | 鄭中基 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 盧靖姍 (Actor) | 鄭浩南 (Actor) | 惠 英紅 (Actor) | 許紹雄 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 青山倫子 (Actor) 吴京 (Actor) | 方力申 (Actor) | 郑中基 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 卢靖姗 (Actor) | 郑浩南 (Actor) | 惠 英红 (Actor) | 许绍雄 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | 青山伦子 (Actor) 呉京（ウー・ジン） (Actor) | 方力申 （アレックス・フォン） (Actor) | 鄭中基（ロナルド・チェン） (Actor) | 森美 （サミー） (Actor) | セリーナ・ジェイド (Actor) | 鄭浩南（マーク・チェン） (Actor) | 恵英紅（クララ・ワイ） (Actor) | 許紹雄（ホイ・シウホン） (Actor) | 慮恵光（ロー・ワイコン） (Actor) | 林雪 （ラム・シュー） (Actor) | 田啓文 （ティン・カイマン） (Actor) | 青山倫子 (Actor) Wu Jing (Actor) | Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Celina Jade (Actor) | Mark Cheng (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Aoyama Noriko (Actor)|
|Director:||Wu Jing | Li Chung Chi 吳京 | 李忠志 吴京 | 李忠志 呉京（ウー・ジン） | Li Chung Chi Wu Jing | Li Chung Chi|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Garrys Trading Co.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1013868026|
A typhoon unravels and Bruce (Wu Jing) alongside all the villagers are stuck on the island, he is welcomed by Holly (Celina Jade) and taken around the island until the two are disrupted by a coincidental confrontation with four convicts on the run. Meanwhile, Holly finds out that Bruce is in fact a Kung Fu Master who has yet again saved her life. He becomes the praise of the town and she is grateful as he gives her the first big break of her career, the goal of someday becoming a CID in the city is now closer to her grasp. Bruce and Holly begin to bond and a subtle yet deep connection is felt between them, although often unspoken. Bruce in his interaction with Holly starts to reflect on his life choices and contemplates the meanings of life...
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Legendary Assassin sees Chinese martial arts sensation Wu Jing step behind the camera for the first time, co-directing along with Nicky Lee Chung Chi, who also provided the stunt choreography for the likes of Invisible Target and Lady Cop & Papa Crook. Wu has been building an impressive resume through appearing in the likes of SPL and Fatal Contact and here takes centre stage in a familiar though entertaining tale of a moody hitman and his violent misadventures.
The film starts with Wu as the titular assassin Bo (whose legendary status never really comes up) arriving on a picturesque island and beheading a fugitive mob boss after laying waste to his incompetent goons. Prevented from leaving by an approaching typhoon, he falls in with local policewoman Holly (Celina Jade), helping her out during a brawl at the local restaurant. Bo is welcomed at the police station and treated as an honoured guest, at least until the headless body of the mob boss is discovered. Things turn even more serious after the dead gangster's wife (played by Japanese actress Aoyama Noriko) sends in more thugs to claim her husband's corpse and to flush out his killer.
With the familiar sounding plot being of only passing concern, the only question that really matters with <>Legendary Assassin is whether or not it delivers the kung fu goods. Thankfully, the answer to this is a definite "yes" as Wu Jing unsurprisingly gives himself plenty of chances to show off his skills, and fans will certainly be satisfied by the action content. He shows himself to be an incredibly nimble fellow, and the film is filled with scenes of high flying martial arts, as he jumps off tables, walls and pretty much anything else that comes to hand, or indeed foot. Although some of the fight choreography could have perhaps been a little tighter in places and a little less reliant on slow motion, this is all very impressive, and there are a good few stand out sequences including a restaurant battle and a Matrix-style mass brawl towards the end. Also on the plus side is the fact that the film is quite a brutal and violent affair, with lots of bone-crunching blows and painful looking impacts. This adds a certain air of authenticity to the proceedings, and makes the film all the more exciting.
Although Wu Jing's popularity has been growing, most of his appearances have been in supporting roles, and so the film can be seen as an important step towards his securing leading man status. In that respect, it does provide him with an effective vehicle, not least since he appears in nearly every scene, generally looking mean and moody or striking one ridiculously macho pose or another. After playing another near-silent character, in this case whose only gimmick is that he eats a lot, the jury may still be out on his actual acting skills, though he does have a certain Jet Li type screen presence, and has a definite on screen charisma. This is just about enough for him to carry the film and to keep the viewer engaged - though in fairness, this is more due to anticipation of the next dynamic action scene than the narrative itself. The supporting cast all pitch in with lively performances and some welcome comic relief, especially the multi-lingual and charming Celina Jade, who does a good job both with her own fights and with keeping the viewer amused as she tries to draw the monosyllabic Bo out from his shell. This helps to give the film a bit more of a human element and to keep the interest between the bouts.
Legendary Assassin is not a particularly ambitious film, though it certainly achieves in its aims of providing a solid piece of genre entertainment and a worthy headliner for Wu Jing. Certainly, it represents the star trying out his directorial wings rather than attempting to shake up the form, though by sticking to a safe bet he does manage to provide himself with more of a showcase for his skills than many of his other recent bit parts have done.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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April 2, 2009
A while back, when Wu Jing's first directorial effort Legendary Assassin was released in theaters, and the movie Ip Man was the movie to beat at the box office, Wu was reported to have said that he didn't know who Ip Man was. Apparently, some practitioners of the Wing Chun kung fu found his remark provocative, and publicly challenged him to a no-holds-barred duel on international waters. The one who loses would have to donate money to help Sichuan's reconstruction.
Now while a match would be something kung fu fans the world over look forward to, it would not have been approved by the legendary Wing Chun grand master himself. If the Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen movie was anything to go by, Wing Chun is not about proving who is the badder fighter, or educating people who your master is.
But we digress. As a film, Legendary Assassin can't really compare to the Wing Chun blockbuster. Wu Jing's movie is made on a much smaller scale, both in terms of production values and the story it tells. The film takes place mostly in the small Tai O village in Hong Kong, as Ah Bo (the character Wu Jing plays) goes there to carry out his mission: to kill a man hiding in a temple. Bo, a mysterious and marvelous martial artist, easily finishes him off and takes the guy's head away. The headless man is later revealed to be a powerful drug lord and mob boss, whose Japanese wife is adamant that her slain husband must not be without a head!
Due to a typhoon, Bo can't leave and is trapped in Tai O. This lone hitman wanders the streets of the village like a ghost, and by chance he saves Celina Jade, a girl falling from a tree, whose face is covered in a cosmetic mask. She takes him in and Bo realizes she is a cop. Soon he has to save her again at a roadside diner against three ruthless robbers, one of whom is a 7-foot giant. As a result, he is befriended by the folks at the police station (except a jealous Sammy Leung) who admire his kung fu prowess. Bo is suddenly surrounded by some new friends and a girl who is obviously smitten with him. Meanwhile, the mobsters are scouring the island for their head's head, and the police also come looking for the killer...
We admire martial artists who kill bad guys with their supreme kung fu. The violence feels exhilarating when it is the means to some honorable ends. While Master Ip uses Wing Chun to beat the Japanese invaders and give the oppressed Chinese people a boost in national pride, Ah Bo's heroics are more about exacting personal vengeance on the enemies who harmed the people important to him. In essence, both are a form of manifestation of love, albeit on different levels. In that sense, even a revenge-minded assassin can stand shoulder to shoulder with the grand master and national hero.
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June 7, 2009
"Legendary Assassin" will never be mistaken for timeless art, but packs a lot of entertainment into its short 88 minute running length. Wu Jing plays Bo, who at the film's outset, arrives in Tai O village on one of Hong Kong's outlying islands. There he hunts down a crime boss, pounds him into a bloody pulp, then chops off his head. Carrying the head in a bag, with the boss's gang hot on his heels, Bo next encounters a beautiful young woman (Celina Jade), whom he rescues as she tumbles from a tree in her efforts to fetch her cat. As it turns out, the woman is a cop. And the cop and the killer quickly bond. Unable to leave the island due to an approaching typhoon, Bo the killer ends up killing time at the police station, where his quickly growing friendship with the lady cop draws the ire of a jealous fellow police officer.
The jealously is played for comic relief; the film nicely blends its comedy and romantic elements with the action which lies at the film's core. Action moves back to the forefront when the gang storms the police station in order to get Bo (and their dead boss's head). While the script does not exactly sing, it efficiently tells this compact tale. The action is of the wildly over the top, almost cartoonish variety. The cinematography is excellent, bringing to life the atmospheric village of Tai O as an important player in the action.
Wu Jing is perfectly suited to play an action hero with a hint of menace; he definitely delivers the goods in his fight scenes. Celina Jade does a nice job of depicting her character's growing attraction to Bo and shows off some impressive martial arts moves. The movie also is blessed with an excellent supporting cast. Bottom line: "Legendary Assassin" is very enjoyable and doesn't wear out its welcome by running too long or taking itself too seriously. I recommend it.
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May 9, 2009
Wu jing having collaborate on countless occasions on various pictures with action director Li chung chi, share directing duties together. Being the directional debute of both talents one would expect something quite unique and different to distinguish themselfs from everyone else, instead we get a picture that has been done by so many pictures it gives the picture less credit.
Fun can be had with the film with quite a few decently choreographed fight scenes interspersed between the drama and comedy. The problems with the fights are the over use of wire work that shouldnt appear in a reality based film and can prove rather distracting. Wu jing also throws to many kicks especially during the end fight where is constantly using his legs.
Celina Jade does an ok job as a police woman but the role seems to be suited to a different actress. The directing seems to be really routine and one cannot help and wonder if it is too early to hand wu jing the directors chair.
slightly entertaining is not routine.
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April 10, 2009
If its Wu Jing, it's really good.
Wow, the stunts and the love story too. You will loved every minute of this movie. I like the portion when he was recuing the girl and we was fighting everyone. ... my goodness, it's as if i am watching Never say die. As usual, the ending is sad but it still a movie worth buying as i assure you, in time, you'll watch it again.
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February 8, 2009
I think there was a good attempt from the director to dramatise the story with little moments of someone's cry here and there. As a result the story became somewhat cheesy. And here I am not talking about the tough assassin Bruce (Wu Jing) but rather about a young police lady Holly (Celina Jade) as the major softener of this ruthless jaw-dropping fight story. Somehow I was constantly having a feeling that I've seen those "Legendary" twists already. Perhaps you would also notice some similarities with The Banquet movie of Feng Xiao Gang and The Hero of Zhang Yimou.
Now about Madam Ma (Aoyama Noriko) - the main evil heroin. Actually I anticipated a fight sequences between her and Wu Jing. Instead she was just holding her sword "a la dangerous samurai" and was eventually beaten up without hardly using it. What a disappointment.
The overall enjoyment level from the action in the Legendary Assassin is slightly less than what I had from seeing The Flash Point with Donnie Yen.