With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

ACF 1864: FISTS OF LEGEND opens in U.S. and Canada on Friday, April 12

FISTS OF LEGEND, the latest film from KANG Woo-suk (SILMIDO, MOSS) is set to premiere in North America tomorrow, Friday, April 12th, two days after its April 10th release in Korea. The film will be screened in the U.S. in New York (AMC Empire, AMC Bay Terrace), New Jersey (AMC Ridgefield Park), Philadelphia (AMC Plymouth Meeting), Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Santa Clara, Las Vegas, Seattle,, San Diego, Irvine. It will also open in Canada in Toronto and Vancouver.

Synopsis: 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 street fighters and mine their desperation for recaptured glory and redemption into ratings gold.

Based on the Korean web comic Legendary Fist, 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.

An epic saga about friendship and family, FISTS OF LEGEND moves back and forth between the present day and their long-lost glory days, with the film featuring a high-octane blend of staged MMA alongside street fights.

Directed by legendary Korean filmmaker KANG Woo-suk with fights and action choreographed by top talent JUNG Doo-Hong (G.I JOE RETALIATION, THE BERLIN FILE, MONGOL), FISTS OF LEGEND delivers a one-two punch of unparalleled action and dramatic story.

More info at Korean Film Biz Zone (kobiz).

Note: As the above synopsis should make clear, KANG's FISTS OF LEGEND is in no way related to  THE CHINESE CONNECTION, starring Bruce Lee, which was known as FIST OF FURY in the U.S. and elsewhere, nor to FIST OF LEGEND, the 1994 remake starring Jet Li.