Fists Of Legend
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Three amateur brawlers with a long history together compete in a televised fighting contest with a $200,000 top prize in this rock 'em sock' em action flick from South Korea. 25 years ago, Deok-kyu, Jae-seok and Sang-hoon were the most fearsome fighters in their high school. These days former, one-time Olympic hopeful Deok-kyu struggles to keep his noodle shop afloat as Jay-seok runs with a low-level street gang and Sang-hoon bides his time in a boardroom, lamenting the lack of excitement in his life. Upon learning of a new television show that offers former street fighters a shot at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Stretches its runtime to a ridiculous 154 minutes ..."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Director Kang Woo-Suk spins an epic swirl of masculine psychodrama over his many punishing fight sequences, including flashbacks to the trio's origins as gifted scrappers who take one too many wrong turns."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"boisterously entertaining template serves as sly cover for commentary on the way that Korea's corrupted social and corporate structures have for decades been holding down the nation's real talent."
‑ Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
"At 2 1/2 hours, Fists of Legend goes on too long. But Kang Woo-suk's take on a genre often relegated to the level of cartoon is a refreshing change of pace."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"High-school friends meet years later on a televised boxing competition. Ambitious drama offers a penetrating look at Korean society."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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