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Fists of Legend(전설의 주먹)

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Korea · 2013
2h 33m
Director Kang Woo-suk
Starring Hwang Jung-min, Yu Jun-sang, Yoon Je-moon, Lee Yo-won
Genre Action, Drama

A reality show called "The Greatest Fight Show On Earth" lures forgotten streetfighting legends onto tv with a $200,000 reward. Deok-Kyu, a noodle shop owner with thwarted Olympic dreams; Jae-Sook, an ambitious fighter stagnant in an inferior gang; Sang-Hoon, a former thug turned corporate executive — three old friends and rivals hungry for blood, fame, and redemption step once again into the ring.

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Slant Magazine by

The film is so generous in its characterizations that it's easy to overlook the fact that its hot-topic drama (bullying, economic marginalization, etc.) amounts to little more than padded lip service.


The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

Shot with some wit and considerable speed, its short, sharp beatdowns are a refreshing change from the bloated action sequences favored by some of Mr. Kang’s genre contemporaries.


Variety by Justin Chang

Bloated but energetic, entertaining but interminable, tortured but strangely satisfying, Fists of Legend spends two-and-a-half hours unraveling the knotty saga of three middle-aged fighters, their shared dark past and their rocky road to redemption.


Village Voice by Nick Schager

The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general.

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