The Legend 2

The Legend 2
Release Date: January 15, 2002
Run Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
One Sentence Summary: Fong Sai Yuk (Jet Li) fights a traitor in the Red Flower Society.

  • Trailers for assorted Dimension films

    Choice Scene: Chapter 3, Fong Sai Yuk kicks cobblestones from the pathway at his opponent.

    Tech Specs: Widescreen (1.85:1), English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Subtitles

    Dimension Films recut, redubbed, and repackaged a few of Jackie Chan's lesser films after his first big stateside success with Rumble in the Bronx and now, with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and others making mystical Kung-Fu pictures all the rage, Dimension follows the same game plan, this time through the home video arm of Buena Vista.

    The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2 becomes the much hipper sounding The Legend 2 with a trimmer running time and a new title sequence. Although the purists will disagree, this is not altogether a bad thing. The only real misrepresentative thing about the DVD is a cover which shows Jet Li as he appears in modern day dress, instead of the period look he sports in the film.

    Li returns to the role of Fong Sai Yuk with raw star power and an obvious joy for the role. This time Fong Sai Yuk's adventures involve two girls, his mom, an imperial secret and, as always, a lot of crazy Kung-Fu action.

    For those of you familiar with the Fong Sai Yuk films, this reissue is not for you. Hunt down the Hong Kong subtitled original cuts and settle down for a fine Fong Sai Yuk double feature. For those of you who haven't visited the genre between Enter The Dragon and Crouching Tiger,, this release and The Legend are great places to jump back aboard.

    You can catch up real quick with part 2 without seeing part 1, but I recommend picking up both films. The dubbing is well done and the transfer is clean. Other than that there's not much to say about the DVD itself, because it has no extras except a few trailers for other films and English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Overall this release isn't worth much more than a rental -- but a really enjoyable rental at that.

    Jordan Rosa

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