Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Collector's Edition
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Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen, once played by Bruce Lee in FIST OF FURY and Jet Li in FIST OF LEGEND. Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he's known as "Ku", and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he's up to the challenge.
Combining the best of today's martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past (and a healthy dose of film noir on top), LEGEND OF THE FIST is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they've never seen before.
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The story line is barely cohesive and never really managed to captivate. It took me a while to figure out that one character was actually the chief of the Chinese police. That not withstanding, the only thing that kept me holding out for more was the hope of an awesome fight scene. There just never was anything memorable in that department! And like another reviewer (or more) commented... I just can't believe the degree to which they resorted using all the Bruce Lee mimickery! I was embarassed and I was watching the movie alone!
I really doubt that I will watch this again! My advice? Rent it... but be prepared to be disappointed. The hype of the trailers is the best you will see... in the whole movie.
Sorry Donnie Yen.... please choose more carefully your roles... you are better.
Another thing is that why do all the martial artist actors keep doing Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury. Jet Li did his version of it and now Donnie Yen. I'd say if you wanted to pay tribute to Lee, why not redo/finish the Game of Death. It was never finished because Lee passed away, I think if someone did that movie, that'll be a nice tribute to Lee instead doing his Fist of Fury, enough is enough, we've seen it already come up with something else. If you're a fan of Yen as I am then you'd probably keep this in your collection. If you're just starting out with Yen I'd watch Ip Man first before buying this movie, it wasn't that good. I'm afraid to get any other Donnie Yen movies because I fear that they won't be good. I've seen Killzone and Flashpoint and those 2 movies weren't good neither. I hope he comes out with better movies, because lately I haven't been feeling his movies.
The story is largely set in 1925 Shanghai. Chen Zhen, who has returned from WWI, is now a member of the resistance group to stop Japanese army from invading China. Hiding his true identity, Zhen visits a club (named "Casablanca") owned by Liu Yutian (Anthony Wong), where Japanese and Western military officers including a Japanese colonel Rikiishi (Ryu Kohata) frequent. There Chen meets a beautiful singer Kiki (Shu Qi), who also has a secret or two to hide from him.
There are so many characters (including a cameo from Yasuaki Kurata, a familiar face of the 70s martial arts action films made in Hong Kong and Japan) and so many ideas and references thrown in. Some of the characters are unnecessary (do we really need Western characters here?). Some references are amusing (Green Hornet sidekick "Kato," for instance); others are pretty obscure (one character's name is Yamaguchi, possibly referring to a real-life actress Shirley Yamaguchi). But wait, isn't this supposed to be an action movie?
Action scenes (choreographed by Donnie Yen himself) are certainly unique and powerful. The best part is the first scene in which Yen's Chen Zhen fights back the German soldiers in the WWI battlefield like a deadly version of Spider-man.Read more ›
Since everyone else was effing around, Donnie Yen took it upon himself to go make a quasi-sequel to Bruce Lee's FIST OF FURY (a.k.a. THE CHINESE CONNECTION). LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN retains the unabashed nationalism of the Bruce Lee film but then injects a bit of a pulp hero sensibility. Given that there isn't as much martial arts as one could've wished for, Donnie Yen gets an opportunity to exhibit his acting chops. I thought he did decent. But, having already seen the IP MAN pictures, I already knew Yen could handle dialogue and demonstrate some nuance.
The story opens with a rather spectacular action set piece and a bit of historical trivia. I, for one, had no idea that the Chinese were used as laborers in Europe during WWI. In France, 1917, when Chen Zhen and his fellow Chinese are trapped by enemy fire, Chen Zhen springs into action, taking the fight to the Germans in one of those unbelievable, bloody violent, stunt-laden sequences. Chen Zhen's brutal knife work here would make Jack the Ripper weep with envy. Viewing this entire sequence will get your juices going, makes you anticipate further moments of badassery. But I'll spill the goods again. Too much talky talky, not enough Donnie Yen smiting goons with no remorse.
The plot picks up some years later, in 1925, as Chen Zhen makes his return to a Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Having adopted the name "Qi Tianyuan" and now sporting a pencil-thin mustache, Chen Zhen worms his way into a junior partnership at the swank nightclub, Casablanca, and it's all part of a plan.Read more ›