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You’ve seen numerous trailers for Woo-Suk Kang’s South Korean brawler “Fists of Legends” (note the extra “s” in the “Fist” in the title — I suspect that’s to differentiate it from the Jet Li movie “Fist of Legend” in the States), but this is the first trailer with English subtitles. It’s kind of hard to know what the hell is happening in the film when you can’t speak the language. This new trailer, though, fills all that in.
So what I get is that “Fists of Legend” is kind of like “Warrior”, but instead of brothers, the brawlers are ex-high school buddies. Sounds fun!
On a television show billed as “the greatest fight show on Earth,” eager amateurs with lots to prove boldly step into the ring and expect to leave bloody but victorious. The ratings hungry producers seek out “legendary” but largely forgotten streetfighters and mine their desperation for recaptured glory and redemption into ratings gold.
“FISTS OF LEGEND” features three old friends and rivals from high school days who get their invitation to the big fight for the chance to win $200,000 and much more. 25 years later – Deok-kyu, whose Olympic dreams were dashed, now runs a struggling noodle shop. Jae-seok who always wanted to be number one but still finds himself in a third-rate gang. And Sang-hoon, a thug turned corporate executive who must go back and find his bloodlust one last time. The characters are portrayed in the present and in their “glory days” by younger selves, with the movie featuring a blend of staged MMA alongside streetfights.
“Fists of Legend” stars Woong-in Jung, Hwang Jung-Min, and Yo-won Lee.
The film apparently opened last week Stateside on April 12th. I had no idea.