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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Chan (screenplay)
Kwong Kim Yip (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 December 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
To avenge his masters death, He'll fight like never before!
Plot:
In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Jet's +Fist+ is a +Legend+ in Eastern Cinema See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Chen Zhen
Shinobu Nakayama ... Mitsuko Yamada

Siu-Ho Chin ... 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 ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Britton ... English Gentleman at dock
Marco Lo ... Ryuichi's student- Sakamoto
Gary Mak ... Lun - Jingwu Mun student
Tai Wo Tang ... Ngai
Kenji Tanigaki
Tak-Yan Wong

Directed by
Gordon Chan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gordon Chan  screenplay
Kwong Kim Yip  screenplay (as Ip Kwong Kim)

Produced by
Chui Yin Lam .... co-producer
Jet Li .... producer (as Yangzhong Li)
 
Original Music by
Stephen Edwards (english version)
Joseph Koo 
 
Cinematography by
Derek Wan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ki-hop Chan  (as Chan Kei Hop)
Chak-Man Cheng 
 
Production Design by
Horace Ma 
 
Art Direction by
Horace Ma 
 
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
 
Makeup Department
Yun-Ling Man .... makeup artist
Siu-Mei Sau .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Julia Chu .... production supervisor
Bo-Chu Chui .... executive in charge of production
Si-Lok Lau .... administrative manager (as Ronald Lau)
Hai Li .... production manager: Beijing unit
Helen Li .... production manager
Er-Dong Liu .... production manager: Bejiing unit
Shulan Liu .... production manager: Beijing unit
Yin-Pei Lu .... production lead: Beijing unit
Wai Sum Shia .... production manager
Yan-Kwan Wong .... production manager: Beijing unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ging-Chi Chan .... assistant director
Harry Hon .... assistant director
Jinting Zhang .... assistant director: Beijing unit
Weirong Zhong .... assistant director: Beijing unit
 
Art Department
Ka Wing Chan .... assistant art director
Xiuru Ding .... assistant art director: Beijing unit
Delin Fu .... art director: Beijing unit
Fung-san Lu .... assistant art director
Songliu Tian .... deputy art director: Bejing unit
Songbo Wang .... props: Beijing unit
 
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor (1999 English soundtrack)
Ming Yang Chen .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Kam-Cheung Chow .... music editor
Michael J. Fox .... sound editor
Kam-Wah Ho .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (English version)
Kuo-Hua Wu .... sound effects editor
 
Stunts
Ging-Chi Chan .... stunt team
Chi-Chuen Cheung .... stunt team
Kwok-Leung Ching .... stunt team
Yung-chang Ho .... stunt team
Wai-Ming Hung .... stunt team
Huan-Chiu Ku .... martial arts and stunt double: Jet Li
Huan-Chiu Ku .... stunt player
Wai Ming Lam .... stunt team
Chi Wah Ling .... stunt team
Chih Hung Ling .... stunt team
Kim Wai Wong .... stunt team
Tak-Yan Wong .... stunt team
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... stunt player
Shun-Yee Yuen .... stunt player
Woo-ping Yuen .... martial arts director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ho-Sun Au .... electrician
Chi-chiu Chak .... electrician
Hon-wing Chan .... electrician
Tai-Wai Cheung .... electrician
Fu-keung Chiu .... assistant camera
Kwok-Man Keung .... gaffer
Kwok-Man Keung .... lighting technician
Kwok Kin Pun .... electrician
Ziaojun Qin .... gaffer: Beijing unit
Siu Kong Tsui .... assistant lighting
Gat-Leung Yip .... electrician
Wing-Hang Yuen .... still photographer
Yuk Wah Yuen .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jidong Chen .... costumer: Beijing unit
Yim Man Choy .... costume assistant (as Yim-Man Choi)
Cindy Cheung Fong-Tai .... costume assistant
Xinyan Li .... costumer: Beijing unit
Pik Har Sin .... costume supervisor
Gam-Jan Yeung .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
David B. Baron .... editorial consultant (2001 English version)
Ji-Chun Chan .... post-production coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Deshan Wei .... driver: Beijing
 
Other crew
Chi-Chun Chan .... post production advisor (as David Chan)
Ka-kit Cheung .... continuity
Ebara Chitose .... japanese dialogue coach
Julia Chu .... production advisor
Wing Kin Ho .... script supervisor
Wai-Ming Hung .... continuity
Norm Hvam .... main title graphics
Pui-Fong Ko .... craft service
Chung-Sang Kwok .... continuity
Chiu-Yin Lam .... planner
Lai-Fung Lee .... administrative assistant
Kwan-Lok Leung .... production assistant
Cheuk-Lung Ngai .... continuity
Yiu-Leung Poon .... continuity
Chi-Keung Tang .... continuity
Kin-Hung Wong .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jing wu ying xiong" - Hong Kong (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong martial arts violence
Runtime:
103 min | Germany:98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Even though the plots are different, the premise of this movie; about the 5th disciple of Master Huo Yuanjia who returns to China after the master's death to avenge him and uncover the circumstances of his murder, is also the premise for The Chinese Connection (1972), starring Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Chen Zen flips one of the Niguchi students while his fingers are in the student's mouth, he seems to be doing it with his right hand. But when the student falls, it seems Chen did it with his left hand, although he wipes his right hand on his clothes.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Asian Cop: High Voltage (1995)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the HongKong Version and the Extended Taiwanese Cut?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Jet's +Fist+ is a +Legend+ in Eastern Cinema, 6 July 2005
Author: dee.reid from United States

I had commented earlier this year that Chinese martial arts sensation Jet Li's most recent action film, "Danny the Dog" or "Unleashed" as it has been advertised here in the states, was the best film that I'd ever seen him act in. The fights in that movie, with choreography that was courtesy of Yuen Wo Ping, were brutal and spectacular and captured a side of Li that had not yet been seen by the audiences of American martial arts cinema.

After seeing "Danny the Dog," I've become convinced that there's no question of Li's talents as an actor and performer, as he had starred in some 40 successful action movies in China before making his American debut as the main villain in "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). One of Li's most famous roles from his time in China was that of Chen Zhen in 1994's "Fist of Legend."

"Fist of Legend," a remake of the classic Bruce Lee movie "The Chinese Connection" (1972), is set in China in 1937 when the Japanese were occupying Shanghai and racial tensions between Chinese citizens and the Japan military were high. (I'm not all that familiar with Chinese history so I'm not going to pretend I know a whole lot about how these two industrious cultures clashed with one another in the streets.)

Li stars as Chen Zhen, a bright martial arts student who is away in Japan studying engineering. In the opening action sequence at a Japanese school, we already get a sense of the animosity the two rivaling cultures share, as Chen takes on an entire squad of Japanese police officers in the classroom as they attempt to arrest him. But of course, even more seriously, he has no idea of the ills that await him once he returns to his homeland when he receives word that his beloved martial arts master was killed in a challenge.

I was amazed at the degree of restraint exercised in "Fist of Legend." Obviously very few martial arts movies have action that is realistic, but this film has the kind of sequences that I really like, which is the nearly complete absence of wirework or "Matrix-fu" or "wire-fu." Instead, like my favorite American Jet Li productions, the aforementioned "Danny the Dog" or "Kiss of the Dragon" (2001), much of the action is down-to-earth and ground-based.

Back in China, Chen finds that life in his homeland is not the same as when he left it. He finds himself at odds with his best friend, who is now the academy's leading martial arts master but the students prefer Chen Zhen to him. Even worse, Chen had fallen in love with a Japanese woman while out of country, and faces the skepticism of his fellow countrymen and women as a result - his allegiance to his fellow Chinamen is now being tested.

But many of these personal woes will have to be pushed to the side, as Chen Zhen must square off against the Japanese general, who Chen suspects had his master poisoned and who also looks to shut the school down and misplace its students. Of course, Chen's not going away without a fight, and it becomes a showdown between warring cultures, the outcome of which we already know from history.

As stated earlier, "Fist of Legend" showcases Li in one of the most famous roles of his career as an action film star. He's channeling the mighty Bruce Lee himself in his on-screen actions - particularly evident in the film's over-the-top finale where Li battles the towering Japanese general in a no-holds-barred fight to the death.

In the case of many imported movies from China, it's easy to get over the horrendous dubbing, frantic pacing, and any changes that may have made to the film in order to accommodate the interest of American viewers. "Fist of Legend" was directed by Gordon Chan and choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, who shows us what Li can really do in the absence of today's highly stylized wirework.

Now we know why Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee are icons on the kung-fu movie circuit: they've all made movies and are idolized by a devoted fanbase that encompasses millions of loyal followers. Li is currently the screen's most electric and sensational martial arts star; his work in this film and this year's "Danny the Dog" show us why that's true. I'm just waiting for his acceptance speech - that may be just a pipe dream, but hey, anything is possible in today's times.

8/10

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