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Fist of Legend (1994)

Jing wu ying xiong (original title)
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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Shinobu Nakayama ...
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Billy Chow ...
General Fujita (Supreme Killer) (as Billy Chau)
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Fuimo Funakoshi
Paul Chun ...
Uncle Noh (as Paul Chiang)
Ada Choi ...
Rose
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Captain Jie
Toshimichi Takahashi ...
Japanese Ambassador
Suk-Mui Tam ...
Wei
Jackson Liu ...
Ryuichi Akutagawa (as Lou Hsueh Hsien)
Sun Wong ...
Cook
Man Biu Lee ...
Biu
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Gen. Fujita sees Chen Zen kicking at his face, he grabs Chen's leg and throws him away. His arm is already down when Chen is in the air. But when Chen hits a rock, breaking it, Fujita's arm is still going down. See more »

Quotes

Fumio Funakoshi: What style is that?
Chen Zhen: don't ask! if it works, it's a good one!
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Referenced in Black Mask (1996) See more »

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Ranks as one of the best Martial Arts movies in existence
25 September 2000 | by (Stockton, California) – See all my reviews

Well, what can I say but this is an AWESOME movie. Jet Li and Yuen Woo Ping team up once more to bring us some of the best fight scenes ever. The movie is more-or-less a remake of Bruce Lee's "The Chinese Connection." Jet Li's master is killed in a match and Jet returns to Shanghai to investigate. He learns that his master was poisoned and finds himself going up against the Japanese. The music was good. The theme of racial tolerance was present. The performances were also good.

Now, let's talk about what really matters: the fights. Jet Li fights like he's never fought before. The wires are minimal. Many of fights are instant classics, such as him demolishing the Japanese school and his match with Yusuaki Kurata. The final duel with Billy Chow is one of the greatest single fights ever put on film. Li, Chow, Kurata, and Chin Siu Ho all put in excellent fighting performances. Basically, a must see for all fans of martial arts and action.


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