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Fist of Legend (1994)
"Jing wu ying xiong" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  22 December 1994 (Hong Kong)
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In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.



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Credited cast:
Shinobu Nakayama ...
Hou Ting-An (as Chin Siu Ho)
Billy Chow ...
General Fujita (Supreme Killer) (as Billy Chau)
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Fuimo Funakoshi
Paul Chun ...
Uncle Noh (as Paul Chiang)
Ada Choi ...
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Captain Jie
Toshimichi Takahashi ...
Japanese Ambassador
Suk-Mui Tam ...
Jackson Liu ...
Ryuichi Akutagawa (as Lou Hsueh Hsien)
Sun Wong ...
Man Biu Lee ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Britton ...
English Gentleman at dock


Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in fact military occupation- after reading about the death of his kung-fu master Huo Yuan Jia in a fight against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa. While overcoming suspicion and ambition within the kungfu school, Chen exhumes his master to prove Hou's defeat was the result of poisoning. Both nationalities make the case a test of honor, so Chinese and Japanese pride are at stake when it culminates in Chen's final epic duel against the ruthless, undefeated Japanese general Fujita. Written by KGF Vissers

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To avenge his masters death, He'll fight like never before!


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Rated R for some strong martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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22 December 1994 (Hong Kong)  »

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Fist of Legend  »

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The end titles of the Cine Asia fail to include a proluge available on all other releases explaining the outcome of the class and dojo. Bey Logan fails to recognise this in the Cine Asia release during his audio commentary. See more »


When Akutagawa and the Japanese Ambassador are talking after playing a game of Go!, the pieces disappear and re-appear a number of times. See more »


Fumio Funakoshi: What fist is this?
Chen Zhen: Don't ask, it's a good fist if it wins.
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Referenced in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) See more »

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Truly amazing
25 June 2003 | by (My House, Canada) – See all my reviews

Purely amazing. This is definitely the greatest martial arts movie that I've ever seen. I've seen the English dubbed version, so the acting isn't one hundred percent, but it's just pure action and emotion. It's great.

Jet Li is without a doubt the next Jackie Chan, except cooler. When he faces off against the (evil) General Vegito at the end, it was definitely one of the best fight scenes put on film. Oh, and the Japanese girl was hot.

Great action movie, 8/10.

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