Chen Zhen
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Chen Zhen (Character)
from The Chinese Connection (1972)

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The Chinese Connection (1972)
Chen: Tell me the truth. No more lies. If I turn myself over to you, will you leave the Ching Wu School alone? The truth!
Inspector: You have my word on it. Don't worry, on my word of honor.
Chen: Now you hear this! I will accept punishment for the lives I took. You just leave this school alone!
Japanese consulate: Yes, of course! Of course!

Wu: I was being used, have pity on me! Please, sir!
Chen: Have pity? Who had pity for Huo Yuan-Chia?

[a drunken Wu comes out and beckons to a rickshaw driver... ]
Chen: Where to?
Wu: Home...
[Chen takes him to a deserted street. Wu staggers out and *then* sees who his driver is]
Wu: [falling to his knees] I was being used, have pity on me! Please, sir! Have pity...
[Chen doesn't make a move, so he quietly creeps up behind him with his fist, but is struck senseless]
Chen: [scornfully] Have pity!

[Chen has overheard the cook saying he poisoned his teacher. Enraged, he bursts in and shoves him against the wall]
Chen: [shouts] Why did you kill my teacher? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
[With each "Why?" he puts his fist into the cook. With the last blow, the cook's ribs crack and he dies]

Chen: [Chen doesn't believe the reports that Teacher died from pneumonia] Oh, I see! And you believed what you were told. He was well. There was nothing wrong with him. How could a healthy man die?

[first scenes]
[Chen comes home to find his teacher being buried]
Chen: Teacher...
[he goes berserk, trying to claw at the ground, and has to be restrained by his friends]

[an exhausted Chen comes home after fighting]
Chen: [sadly, to Le-erh] To think I was going to ask you to be my wife...

[At the Shanghai Park gate]
Sepoy: Hold it. What do you want?
Chen: I want pass.
Sepoy: Not allowed, I'm afraid.
[Points to a sign that says "No Dogs And Chinese Allowed." A dog walks in]
Chen: And that?
Sepoy: You're the wrong color, so beat it.
[a Japanese official walks by and stops at the gate]
Japanese official: Hey you, come here! You want to get in there? Now, now, tell you what. There's only one thing you have to do. Pretend you're a dog and I'll take you in.

Chen: Whenever you're ready, I'll take on any japanese here.

Chen: Now you listen to me. I'll only say this once. We are not sick men.

Chen: Eat. This time you're eating paper. The next time it's going to be glass.

Chen: I have come here to avenge my teacher. This doesn't concern you. I'll allow you to leave. Out.
[nobody moves]
Chen: Out.
[no response]
Chen: Out.
[nothing]
Chen: Out.
[screams]
Chen: SCRAM.


Fist of Legend (1994)
Fumio Funakoshi: What fist is this?
Chen Zhen: Don't ask, it's a good fist if it wins.

Fumio Funakoshi: What style is that?
Chen Zhen: don't ask! if it works, it's a good one!

Chen Zhen: The object of matching is to beat down the opponent.
Fumio Funakoshi: Wrong kid, the best way to beat the opponent is to use a gun.

Fumio Funakoshi: Why don't you show me what you've learned
Chen Zhen: [Picks up rock and breaks it into pieces] It's about the energy. About focusing on a single point in time.
Fumio Funakoshi: So, it's about energy. But tell me something, does a rock have as much energy as an opponent would?
[Slices a leaf floating in air with hand]
Fumio Funakoshi: You need a more powerful stroke when you're fighting a human being.
Chen Zhen: Let's see how I can put it into action.