Punishingly long, director Kang Woo-suk’s “Fists of Legend” does not scrimp on the mixed martial arts action and eccentric sentimentality for observers of contemporary commercial South Korean filmmaking. Three men who had been street fighting rivals in high school are pitted against each other again in an epic reality TV fighting competition. It’s an odd, affectless hybrid that plays as much like never-ending television programming on an obscure satellite channel up in the high 600s playing out on a tavern television as anything else. With Hwang Jung-min, Yu Jun-Sang, Yoon Je-moon, Lee Yo-won. 153m. (Ray Pride)
“Fists of Legend” opens Friday at River East. The U.S. trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity film critic and a contributing editor of Filmmaker magazine. He is also a photographer: his history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images is forthcoming. Previews on Twitter (twitter.com/chighostsigns) as well as daily photography on Instagram: instagram.com/raypride. Twitter: twitter.com/RayPride. (Photo: Jorge Colombo.)