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Fists Of Legend (2013/CJ Entertainment Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: B Film: C+

Deok-kyu runs a noodle shop, but he suddenly finds himself recruited into an underground mixed martial arts reality show for men who used to be 'legends' in fighting (with huge cash prizes). Desperate in need of money, he relies on his skills from his high school fighting days and becomes the rising star of the show, but then when two of his old friends/fighting buddies join the show, old rivalries come back... and there can only be one legend in the end.

Kang Wu-suk's Fists Of Legend (2013) has Deok-kyu brought together with Sang-hoon and Jae-seok were brought together by street fighting, and soon became fast friends. Deok-kyo dreamed of the Olympics until he was cheated out of winning, and twenty-five years later ended up with a only a run downed noodle shop and a daughter. When he is recruited for a reality fighting show, he finds himself a second chance for glory and fame, but then he has to choose between friendship and victory when his friends become the next challengers for his new title.

This film was like a Korean Rocky movie (I found it amusing when they used the Rocky-like soundtracks), it was a mix of action and drama, action in that there was fighting, mix with boxing, martial arts, and wrestling, and drama in where an over the hill noodle man had to decided it is worth chasing after his old dream at the risk of alienating his daughter and losing his friends. Not badly done, but not very original either.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer looks as good as it is going to in what seems to be a digital shoot while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is not bad or badly recorded. The combination plays well. Extras include making of the film, original soundtrack recording, trailer and a poster shoot.

- Ricky Chiang


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