Fists Of Legend
Fists Of Legend (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 12, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Nick Schager
Village Voice

Stretches its runtime to a ridiculous 154 minutes ...

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound

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.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

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.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

High-school friends meet years later on a televised boxing competition. Ambitious drama offers a penetrating look at Korean society.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
I suppose it would be, somewhat, fair to call this the Korean version of Warrior. You know, the American film with Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy playing a pair… More