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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  116 minutes, five featurettes, storyboard to scene, music video, international trailer, downloads

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Stereo

Subtitles:  English, French


STUDIO:  Indomina Releasing/ Vivendi Entertainment/ Focus Features International/ Grand Plentiful Holding Group Limited/ Shanghai Film Group/ Beijing New Times Film Culture Development Co

RELEASE DATE:  9-13-2011

General Su Can (Vincent Zhao) gives up war (and the offered governorship to his foster brother Yuan (Andy On)) to follow his dream of learning more about Wushu and opening his own Wushu school while having a family with his wife Sing.  Years pass and Yuan hasn't forgotten that Su Can's father killed Yuan's father.  Yuan has perfected the Five deadly Venom Fists.   He kills Su Can's brother and attempts to have his soldiers kill Su Can.  Su Can attempts to save Ying and their son only to be posioned by Yuan and fall into the river to be rescued by Ying.  Su becomes his own enmey and battles the God Of Wushu as he trains to get his strength (and skill and confidence) back.   He faces off against Yuan only to have his life take other turns afterwards that include learning the way the Druken Fist and fight wrestlers in a combat ring.


TRUE LEGEND has some great action direction and yet the atcion work isn't as impressive as anything Yuen Woo Ping did for THE MATRIX films.   The film comes off as too episodic and I feel like I don't care for the characters enough.   Too many of the characters come off as a little unlikeable and the likeable chaarcters don't have enough screen time.   David Carradine and michelle Yoeh have small roles in this movie where the role Carradine has is a little thankless (in one of his last roles before he died).  TRUE LEGEND would have been a better film if they found a way to flesh out the episodes in Su Can's life into a more cohesive story and flesh out the characters more.  TRUE LEGEND is more of a rental for the fight scenes and yet there are better action direction in other Asian films I have seen lately.    



five behind-the-scenes fetaurettes go ove rthe various aspects of the production-


THE MILITIA'S FORTRESS- focus on the opening sequence

THOUSAND BUDDHA CLIFF- they built the set outdoors against a green screen and filming action against green screen proved challenging for the VFX crew.




Storyboard-to-scene comparison

music video- "Axis Of Envy" by The Shadow Bureau

international trailer


FINAL ANALYSIS:    TRUE LEGEND has some well stage fight sequences out of a film that comes off as too episodic.


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