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The Legend of the Legendary Legend
You must fight the ninja!"

Some of the spectacular CG effects from The Legend of the Legendary Legend.
Year: 2003
Director: Alan Smithee
Producer: Harvey Weinstein
Action: Yuen Woo-Ping
Cast: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Nora Miao, Colleen Camp, Amy Yip, That Guy Who Looks Like Bruce Lee in Shaolin Soccer, but I'm Pretty Sure He Isn't
The Skinny: Want to see Bruce Lee fight Jackie Chan in the Coliseum as Jet Li and Stephen Chow look on? Then search no further than Legend of the Legendary Legend! More Hong Kong movies get the Miramax treatment in this twenty-for-the-price-of-one kung fu extravaganza!

     With all of Jet Li's, Jackie Chan's, and Stephen Chow's movies now the property of Miramax, what's next for the mighty media conglomerate? Believe it or not, Miramax has done it again! Yes, the marketing geniuses at the Mouse House have purchased the entire Bruce Lee film catalog, effectively freezing the stateside sale of the original versions of these classic films, to give you this gloriously CG-enhanced, re-edited, lovingly truncated, and painstakingly re-dubbed film that is destined to be a classic for our time! What's it about? Well, it's a cross between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix! What more do you need to know?
     Just as he expertly handled the American releases of Shaolin Soccer, Hero, and Legend of Zu, Miramax head Harvey Weinstein lends his creative vision to this straight-to-DVD sensation! In the film, Bruce Lee plays a Hong Kong actor named "Bruce," who randomly picks fights with people at ice factories, Japanese dojos, and Italian landmarks, all in a bid for true martial arts supremacy. By digitally altering existing footage from Bruce Lee's films, Jackie Chan and Jet Li enter the plot as two cops named "Jackie" and "Lee." Just sit back and watch the hilarity ensue as the trio gets embroiled in a slavery scam, an antique smuggling ring, the boxer rebellion, and all sorts of historically inaccurate Oriental-type shenanigans. Though Stephen Chow is randomly inserted into the movie to satisfy fans of Hong Kong cinema, all the inscrutable Chinese humor has been excised in favor of adding more nonsensical stunts, additional quality dubbing, and tons of almost state of the art CGI imagery. And yes, because you demanded it - the umpteenth version of "Kung Fu Fighting" is on the soundtrack! Miramax rocks! (Sanjuro 2003)

Availability: DVD (USA)
Region 1 NTSC
Miramax/Dimension Films
Pan and Scan
English Dubbed

image courtesy of Dimension Films

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