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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Movie Review No. 2

12 December 2010 8:46 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

One of the great things about being a Donnie Yen fan is the fact that he makes so many films, punching and kicking his way through several productions a year. “Legend of The Fist – The Return of Chen Zhen” is his latest, with him taking on the role of the Chinese folk hero, famously portrayed back in 1972 by Bruce Lee in “Fist of Fury”, and in 1994 by Jet li in Gordon Chan’s remake “Fist of Legend”. Having already starred in a TV version himself back in 1995, this time around Yen aims for something different, as he and writer producer Chan and director Andrew Lau (“Infernal Affairs”) take up Chen Zhen’s continuing story as a secret agent fighting the Japanese in the 1920s. The film is an all star blockbuster affair, with lavish production values and an impressive supporting cast headed by Shu Qi, Anthony Wong and Huang Bo. »

- James Mudge

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This week's new films

3 December 2010 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Of Gods And Men (15)

(Xavier Beauvois, 2010, Fra) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. 122 mins.

The spiritualism is far from abstract in this powerful, resonant drama, based on a story of French Cistercian monks in 1990s north Africa. When their harmonious village life is threatened by violent Islamic fundamentalists, they're given a real test of faith. Should they stay or go? Do they belong there anyway? Are they ready for martydom?

Megamind (PG)

(Tom McGrath, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey. 96 mins.

Smart, polished animation with Ferrell's blue meanie vanquishing his nemesis, but then wanting to be good.

Monsters (12A)

(Gareth Edwards, 2010, UK/Us) Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able. 94 mins.

Low-budget sci-fi plus indie date movie equals alternative credentials, as a couple trek through a futuristic Mexico infested with aliens and metaphors.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

(Jalmari Helander, 2010, Fin) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen. 83 mins.

This deadpan Finnish treat reimagines Santa as an evil child-snatcher. »

- The guide

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Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen review

3 December 2010 1:31 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Wai-keung Lau. Review: Dan King. The hardest working “retired” martial arts superstar Donnie Yen returns as fictional superhero Chen Zhen! Chen Zhen has been played by Bruce Lee in ‘Fist of Fury’, and Jet Li in ‘Fist of Legend’, both actors and films being tough acts to follow. The combination of Donnie and Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is a promising one, but the result is an entertaining yet rather average thriller. The martial arts element seems shoe-horned in as homage to the late Mr Lee, and lacks the power of Yen’s outings as Bruce’s teacher Ip Man. The film feels strangely dated, which one assumes is a stylistic choice but does not work favourably when the intrigue outweighs the action. The opening scene is explosive and fun and it’s a shame that half way through the film it was a distant memory. There is a resurgence »

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Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen review

3 December 2010 1:31 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Wai-keung Lau. Review: Dan King. The hardest working “retired” martial arts superstar Donnie Yen returns as fictional superhero Chen Zhen! Chen Zhen has been played by Bruce Lee in ‘Fist of Fury’, and Jet Li in ‘Fist of Legend’, both actors and films being tough acts to follow. The combination of Donnie and Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is a promising one, but the result is an entertaining yet rather average thriller. The martial arts element seems shoe-horned in as homage to the late Mr Lee, and lacks the power of Yen’s outings as Bruce’s teacher Ip Man. The film feels strangely dated, which one assumes is a stylistic choice but does not work favourably when the intrigue outweighs the action. The opening scene is explosive and fun and it’s a shame that half way through the film it was a distant memory. There is a resurgence »

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Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen review

3 December 2010 1:31 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Wai-keung Lau. Review: Dan King. The hardest working “retired” martial arts superstar Donnie Yen returns as fictional superhero Chen Zhen! Chen Zhen has been played by Bruce Lee in ‘Fist of Fury’, and Jet Li in ‘Fist of Legend’, both actors and films being tough acts to follow. The combination of Donnie and Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is a promising one, but the result is an entertaining yet rather average thriller. The martial arts element seems shoe-horned in as homage to the late Mr Lee, and lacks the power of Yen’s outings as Bruce’s teacher Ip Man. The film feels strangely dated, which one assumes is a stylistic choice but does not work favourably when the intrigue outweighs the action. The opening scene is explosive and fun and it’s a shame that half way through the film it was a distant memory. There is a resurgence »

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UK theatrical release for The Return Of Chen Zhen

17 November 2010 2:40 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

British Donnie Yen Fans rejoice, right out of the blue we’ve just been told Andrew Lau’s martial arts spectacular Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is heading full tilt towards a theatrical release there next month, and we’ve been sent the UK trailer to whet your appetite, for some full tilt action…Donnie style. The Return of Chen Zhen goes on release December 3rd - but if you miss that, not to worry, it then hits DVD on January 31st. We’re seeing the film next week, so expect a - more than likely glowing - review soon. Synopsis: After avenging his murdered master Huo Yuanjia, Chen Zhen vanished and was supposedly dead. He actually left China and joined the Allied war effort on the European battlefields. Seven years later, Chen Zhen returns to Shanghai in the guise of a young entrepreneur in order to infiltrate Club Casablanca, »

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UK theatrical release for The Return Of Chen Zhen

17 November 2010 2:40 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

British Donnie Yen Fans rejoice, right out of the blue we’ve just been told Andrew Lau’s martial arts spectacular Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is heading full tilt towards a theatrical release there next month, and we’ve been sent the UK trailer to whet your appetite, for some full tilt action…Donnie style. The Return of Chen Zhen goes on release December 3rd - but if you miss that, not to worry, it then hits DVD on January 31st. We’re seeing the film next week, so expect a - more than likely glowing - review soon. Synopsis: After avenging his murdered master Huo Yuanjia, Chen Zhen vanished and was supposedly dead. He actually left China and joined the Allied war effort on the European battlefields. Seven years later, Chen Zhen returns to Shanghai in the guise of a young entrepreneur in order to infiltrate Club Casablanca, »

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Legend Of Chen Zhen Review

2 November 2010 6:10 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's been a while since Wai-Keung Lau released a crowd-pleaser with Western potential. His Infernal Affairs trilogy made a big impact, yet after these films he somehow slipped back into Hk anonymity. Those of you expecting a new gangster epic should take notice, Wai-Keung Lau is a diverse little devil who handles many different genres. His latest is a true Donnie Yen (14 Blades) action fest set in mid-20th century Shanghai. Talk about a change of scenery.

I've been seeing quite some Wai-Keung Lau films these last couple of weeks and while most of them are not good enough to warrant a review on this blog, his full body of work is proof of his diversity and ability to learn from mistakes. Earlier - often failed - experiments usually pay off in later films, The Legend of Chen Zhen isn't any different. Compare the martial arts in this film to »

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Doha Tribeca Fest Sets Jury And Slate

18 October 2010 9:41 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from October 26-30, has finalized its jury and film slate. Egyptian actress Yosra has been appointed president of the jury, replacing Hany Abu-Assad, who couldn't break away from his film The Courier, which is shooting in Louisiana. She's joined by actress/director Salma Hayek Pinault, British actor/director Nick Moran, Indian director Bhavna Talwar and Bosnian scribe/director Danis Tanovic. They'll choose the winners of the fest's Arab Film Competition, film and director, each of which carries a $100,000 prize. The fest has added a bunch of pictures that won't be up for those prizes. They include: the Andrew Lau-directed Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen; the Robert Rodriguez-directed Machete with Danny Trejo; the John Curran-directed Stone with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton; the Vikramaditya Motwane-directed Indian film Udaan; the George Hickenlooper-directed Casino Jack with »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Sitges 2010: Legend Of The Fist Review

11 October 2010 8:08 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Our thanks to Guillem Rosset for the following review.]

When a movie has behind it such big names as Andrew Lau, Gordon Chan and Donnie Yen behind it, you'd probably start to feel a little bit curious about it. If such movie happens to be a follow up of a television series which was based on a character made famous by Bruce Lee on 1972's Fist of Legend, it'd surely catch your attention. Well, if you're into that kind of cinema anyway.

So here comes Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, the latest blockbuster from superstar director Andrew Lau and Donnie Yen reprising his role as Chen Zhen, the kung fu master who tirelessly fights against the Japanese occupation in Shanghai during the 30's. The film opens with a group of Chinese laborers who helped the French soldiers against the German troopers during the First World War. And let me tell you: this opening sequence is »

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Ice Cold Movie Posters Inspired by Male Costume

6 October 2010 4:57 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Moxy Creative has designed an extraordinary collection of movie posters based on iconic male costume. Whet your appetite here then pop over to EveryGuyed to view the rest.

They are all superb, but our personal favourite is this one for Dumb and Dumber (1994). A vastly overlooked film in terms of costume design; Mary Zophres’ barmy formal attire for Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) is hilarious.

This poster uses just a pair of plain black Derby shoes – an obvious nod to Verbal Kint’s (Kevin Spacey) costume as created by Louise Mingenbach for The Usual Suspects (1995). With one shoe cocked to the side, nothing more is needed to recognise a criminal mastermind.

Far more to see at EveryGuyed, including sartorially re-imagined designs for Shaun of the Dead, The Shining and – striped braces at the ready – Wall Street. Illustration credits go to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau. »

- Chris Laverty

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Geek Art: 10 Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

6 October 2010 9:32 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here's a great collection of redesigned movie posters that were inspired by men's style. The collection is called Dress The Part and I think you'll enjoy them. They're simple, but cool. 

The collection includes American Psycho, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dumb and Dumber, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Shaun of the Dead, Superman, The Shining, The Usual Suspects, Top Gun, and Wall Street.

The set was designed by Moxy Creative with illustration credits to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau, individual prints are available for purchase at Moxy Creative.

Check out the poster art below and let us know what you think!

Thanks to Gt reader Johnny B for the heads up on this one!

Source: everyguyed (http://everyguyed.com/2010/10/10-movie-posters-inspired-by-mens-style/) »

- Venkman

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Cool Stuff: 10 Movie Posters Inspired By Men’s Styles

6 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you read /Film on a regular basis, you know that we love cool movie posters. And out of everyone on the site, I think I'm probably the most obsessed. I'm always scouring galleries and websites for awesome posters based on pop culture to add to my ever growing addiction collection. So, I'm really digging this set of posters called Dress the Part. It's 10 posters of some of your favorite films, but solely of famous fashion from the film. Included in the set are American Psycho, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dumb and Dumber, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Shaun of the Dead, Superman, The Shining, The Usual Suspects, Top Gun, and Wall Street. You can check out all the posters, designed by MoxyCreative with illustration credits to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau, after the jump and even find out where to buy them.The »

- Germain Lussier

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Legend of the Fist review

5 October 2010 5:59 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

If the Chinese army had the skills that Donnie Yen shows at kicking ass as a lowly workman for the English in WW2, they would have ruled the world by now. Fortunately for us they don't seem to possess the superhuman abilities that he has in this film.

Taking place after the events in portrayed originally in "Fist of Fury", "Fist of Legend" and the TV series this film is based on we follow the character of Chen Zhen after coming home from the war torn battle fields of Europe to a city that has been sectioned down to territories ruled over by the allies and the Japanese. Posing as a suave playboy he fronts a revolutionary group that is determent to push back the Japanese army and get authority back in to the hands of the Chinese people. But things are not that simple because local gangsters see no »

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All Our Fantastic Fest Coverage

1 October 2010 12:50 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

After eight crazy days, Fantastic Fest 2010 is in the books. Here's an index to all of our coverage, reviews, features, interviews, videos, and podcasts.

Last Updated: 10/01/2010

Reviews

"Red," directed by Robert Schwentke

"Agnosia," directed by Eugenio Mira

"Bibliotheque Pascal," directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

"Corridor," directed by Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm

"Fatso," directed by Arild Fröhlich

"Fire of Conscience," directed by Dante Lam

"Ip Man 2," directed by Wilson Yip

"I Saw the Devil," directed by Kim Ji-woon

Kidnapped," directed by Miguel Angel Vivas

"Let Me In," directed by Matt Reeves

"The Man From Nowhere," directed by Lee Jung-beom

"Outrage," directed by Takeshi Kitano

"Red White and Blue," directed by Simon Rumley

"A Somewhat Gentle Man," directed by Hans Petter Moland

"Sound of Noise," directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson

Interviews

Mark Hartley, "Machete Maidens Unleashed"

Ryan Kwanten and Patrick Hughes, "Red Hill"

Andrew Lau, "Legend of the Fist"

Ryan Reynolds and Rodrigo Cortés, »

- Matt Singer

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Well Go USA, Variance films to send out 'Ip Man' sequel and 'Legend of the Fist'

27 September 2010 7:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Well Go USA and Variance Films will bring "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” to limited areas from January 28, 2011. Additionally, the popular first Asian actioner "Ip Man" will come to select venues from October 1st this year. The film will have an exclusive run at New York City's Cinema Village Theater, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be followed by a combination of one-week showings and special one-off screenings for fans. They will also distribute Andrew Lau's “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" for a U.S. and Canada April 15, 2011. Fans are allowed to dictate the release of "Ip Man 2" by letting them influence on which cities will get a release thanks to their “Ip Man” Facebook page which can be located at http://www.facebook.com/IpManNAmerica. »

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Collider’s Fantastic Fest Diary Day 3: Sound Of Noise, Legend Of The Fist, Drones and a Special Surprise

26 September 2010 10:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Mama said there’d be days like this at a film festival. Days where you go to the movies multiple times but nothing really explodes off the screen. The three movies I caught on Saturday were all entertaining in their own way. Some even had audiences grooving to the sweet beats of the city or the sweet beatdowns of Shanghai. None of them, though, stood out from the crowd the way films on day one and day two did. But, in true Fantastic Fest 2010 fashion, day three had a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it cherry on top that made it all worth while. Hit the jump to see a video of that moment and also read about Johannes Stärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson’s Sound of Noise, Wai-keung Lau’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and Amber Benson and Adam Busch’s Drones.

Sound Of Noise

Sound of Noise is »

- Germain Lussier

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Andrew Lau's Kiss With a "Fist"

25 September 2010 11:38 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

When talking to Andrew Lau, one of the first things to emerge is his tendency to drop in the ba-ba-ba sound of machine gun fire or plwww of explosions into casual conversation. Maybe it's his way of being descriptive to an American journalist when English isn't his first language, but then again, Mandarin might even be considered a second language to the auteur who has had an international impact on the vocabulary of action cinema. First as a protégé of the Shaw Brothers before becoming a cinematographer on films such as Ringo Lam's "City on Fire" and "As Tears Go By" and then as the director of the "Infernal Affairs" trilogy (with Alan Mak), Lau has helped define an entire era of Hong Kong cinema.

His latest, "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen," takes one of the most famous of Chinese legends - a masked hero »

- Stephen Saito

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Complete 2010 Sitges Lineup Announced!

17 September 2010 3:57 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Sitges 2010:

Exorcisms, Vampires, Zombies, Martial Arts And Liters Of Blood At Sitges 2010

The 43rd Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, that will take place from 7 to 17 October, presents its lineup, with some films still to be confirmed, for the following sections:

Sitges 43 Official FANTÀSTIC Selection - In Competition

The official selection par excellence will be offering a lineup emphasizing a variety of nationalities (Bulgaria, Japan, France, Swede, Uruguay,...), the impact of new South American cinema, the rebirth of oriental cinema and the mixture of supernatural horror movies with exorcisms, vampires and mutants and everyday horror with real extreme violence.

13 Assassins (Takashi Miike, Japan)

14 Days With Victor (Román Parrado, Spain)

A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop (Zhang Yimou, China, Hong Kong)

Bedevilled (Jang Cheol-soo, South Korea)

Black Death (Christopher Smith, Germany)

La Casa Muda (Gustavo Hernández, Uruguay)

Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima, »

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Sitges 2010 lineup announced. Genre fans cry with joy

17 September 2010 9:36 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

If I had the holiday time left, I’d be booking a trip to España right about now. The 43rd annual Sitges kicks off on October 7th and their line up so far is impressive. Damned impressive.

In competition are Gregg Araki’s Kaboom (teaser, stills), Christopher Smith’s Black Death (review), Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports (trailer), Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber (clip) and Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins among many others. In competition in the Panorama section are another great set of films including Shion Sono’s Cold Fish (trailer), Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage (trailer), Jim Mickle’s Stake Land (trailer) and Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film (review).

If those titles aren’t enough, there’s loads more including Rob Stefaniuk’s vampire musical road trip film Suck (review, trailer), James Wan’s Insidious (clip), Adam Green’s Frozen (trailer), Black Lightning (trailer), Super (clip), The Vanishing on 7th »

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