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The Legend (1993)

Fong Sai Yuk (original title)
This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

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Corey Yuen

Writers:

Kin Chung Chan, Susan Godfrey (english adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Fong Sai Yuk
Josephine Siao ... Miu Chui Fa
Michelle Reis ... Ting Ting
Sibelle Hu ... Siu-wan
Adam Cheng ... Chan Ka Lok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Macu
Sung Young Chen ... Tiger Lui
Kong Chu ... Fong Tuk
John DeMita ... Fong Sai Yuk (voice)
Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson ... (voice)
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Support
Joe Hannah Joe Hannah ... (voice)
Karen Huie ... (voice)
Tom Konkle ... (voice)
Peter Kwong ... (voice)
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Storyline

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. One of his Governors is sent on a mission to retrieve a list of members of that secret society. Meanwhile, Canton kung fu practitioner Fong Sai-Yuk falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich merchant, recently moved to Canton. Her father, in an attempt to gain influence in the region and thus improve his business, offers his daughter in marriage to the winner of a kung-fu contest. Some interesting gender role-reversals take place during a 'comedy of errors.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 March 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eastern Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Sai Yuk is curling his mother"s hair and says that he can speak English ("wonderful"), Mother Fong asked where he learned it. He tells her that he learned from Josephine Siao, who actually plays Mother Fong in the film. See more »

Quotes

Fong Sai-Yuk: [assaults "intruder"] Who are you?
Mother Fong: [removes disguise] I'm your mother.
Fong Sai-Yuk: Wow. Mom! You look just like a man!
Mother Fong: Yeah, and I just won Tiger Lu's daughter's hand in marriage.
Fong Sai-Yuk: Does Dad know?
Mother Fong: Nooo!
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Crazy Credits

In the original Hong Kong cut, the final scene has Tiger throwing the Red Flower scroll into the air where it unfurls. The closing credits then roll down a parchment labeled "Red Flower Society Name List", as if the entire cast and crew were members of it. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK version was cut by 1 sec. for sight of real animal cruelty (horse tripped so that it falls forward onto head) due to BBFC policy and the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

References Once Upon a Time in China (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts
from Shu gim yan sau luk (1976)
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Sheer Madness
26 November 2001 | by DunkDSee all my reviews

I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of this movie, and all I can say is WOW! Wow, because I didn't understand what the hell was going on for the whole movie, the subtitles were so badly misaligned. But mainly WOW! because it didn't matter a jot that I couldn't tell what the plot was as the film is just one amazing "fight" scene after another. This film defies belief, and description. If you like martial arts movies, check this out. If you enjoyed Crouching Tiger, check this out. If you love MAD films check this out.

There is a scene in which Jet Li fights the mother of the woman he has a crush on entirely on the HEADS of a crowd! Then HIS mother has a fight with the first woman.

From the opening scene you will see that this is a piece of genius. The plot doesn't matter. This is pure spectacle.

When you see these people move you will realise that the USA can never invade China. They just have all the tricks in the book. They wrote the tricks. I wish I had seen this when I was 9. It would have changed my life totally.


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