Watch Trailer
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen | 01:02
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,476 this week

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
"Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  21 September 2010 (China)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 7,506 users   Metascore: 49/100
Reviews: 34 user | 82 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Andrew Lau)

Writers:

(screenplay), , 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 30 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Jan 2014
 
a list of 48 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Flash Point (2007)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
14 Blades (2010)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Yuk Long Wong, Louis Koo, Isabella Leong
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Leon Lai
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A near retired cop and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top assassin to kill the cops.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Baoqiang Wang
Painted Skin (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen
Fist of Fury (TV Series 1995)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this television series adaptation of the Bruce Lee movie, Chen Zhen is a young farmer whose family has been killed by thieves. Along with his sister, he goes to Shanghai to find a way to... See full summary »

Stars: Donnie Yen, Yung Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Matt Chow
Stars: Eason Chan, Edison Chen, Ronald Cheng
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A man asks a womanizer to court his eldest sister in hopes of fulfilling a family marriage tradition.

Director: Vincent Kok
Stars: Bak-Ming Wong, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Louis Koo
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Inspector Karl (Louis Koo), the eponymous inspector who pays a visit to the opulent Kau family estate, where things are not as rosy as they appear. Family heads Mr. and Mrs. Kau (Eric Tsang... See full summary »

Directors: Bak-Ming Wong, Herman Yau
Stars: Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Han Chang
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Fang Qing
...
Liu Yutian
...
Inspector Huang Hao Long
Ryu Kohata ...
Colonel Takeshi Chikaraishi
...
Vivian
Zhou Yang ...
Qi Zhi-Shan
...
General Zeng
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Tsuyoshi Chikaraishi
Akira ...
Sasaki Chikaraishi
Yue Ma ...
General Zhou
Jiajia Chen ...
Huang Lan
Songwen Zhang ...
Wen-Zai
Ikki Funaki
Gregory Wong ...
(as Wong Chung Yiu)
Edit

Storyline

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese. Written by Kokken Tor

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, martial arts action and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

21 September 2010 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Fist  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,365 (USA) (22 April 2011)

Gross:

$48,398 (USA) (10 June 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first Hong Kong/Chinese film to be mixed in the "Dolby Surround 7.1" encoding system. Coincidentally, Wai-Keung Lau's movie The Avenging Fist (2001) was the first Hong Kong film mixed in the "Dolby Digital EX" 6.1 surround encoding system. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1925, most of the cars are from late 1940s to early 1950s. See more »

Connections

Version of Dragon in Fury (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Donnie Yen's fighting is just as thrilling and exhilarating, but Andrew Lau's film is muddled in half-cooked subplots and poorly delineated characters
16 September 2010 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Chen Zhen's first big-screen incarnation was the Bruce Lee classic "Fist of Legend" and forty years since then, the part of the fictional martial arts hero most famous for resisting the Japanese occupation of Shanghai has been played by many actors including Jet Li and Donnie Yen himself. The return of Donnie to the role since playing it in a 1995 ATV series shouldn't be surprising- after all, with both the Ip Man films and Bodyguards and Assassins, Donnie has been at the forefront of a recent wave of Hong Kong-China big-budget co-productions with strong Chinese nationalistic sentiment.

True to the character's origins, this latest entry into the Chen Zhen mythology trades heavily in chest-thumping patriotism. Chen Zhen/ Donnie Yen's enemies are once again the Japanese- this time in glitzy 1920s Shanghai, an era when the city was divided along the lines of different expatriate factions. The Japanese though were the most ambitious and aggressive, eager to take advantage of a disunited China to conquer the motherland. While an offshore and offscreen naval campaign was ongoing, their strategy in Shanghai was to target locals and foreigners opposed to their plan of expansion.

Donning a black suit and mask, Chen Zhen takes it upon himself to stop the wave of assassinations sweeping the city. Comparisons to Jet Li's Black Mask (1996) and The Green Hornet are inevitable, but Andrew Lau's story of the avenging hero bears even more resemblance to Batman, seeing as how Chen Zhen gets help from Huang Bo's local police constable (a la Commissioner Gordon). Lau's film however refuses to rest easy on one genre, eager to exploit its historical backdrop to deliver an old- fashioned thriller.

And so his Shanghai is one abound with Japanese spies, even in wealthy businessman Liu Yiutian's (Anthony Wong) flashy nightclub Casablanca where Chen Zhen hangs out to observe the politicking among the Westerners and the Japanese. Lau uses the tension between the various camps to keep up a fair amount of intrigue throughout the film, especially as Chen Zhen's underground resistance movement struggles to keep ahead of the stronger and more organised Japanese forces.

Amidst the suspense, the script by no less than four writers (including producer Gordon Chan) also throws in a love story between Chen Zhen and nightclub singer Kiki (Shu Qi), but the addition that was supposed to provide emotional payoff falls far short. So too the relationships between the other characters in the film- whether Chen Zhen's bond with his sister and his compatriots, or his friendship with Liu Yutian. Indeed, these interactions are given short shrift, and Lau fails to delineate them as much as he fails in fleshing out the various characters.

That is a problem especially for Chen Zhen, whose motivations for leading the resistance- other than teaching the Japanese that "Chinese are not the sick men of Asia"- aren't exactly clear. It is also tricky because the audience is not led to feel the level of indignation as Chen Zhen is supposed to, the kind of indignation that made the Ip Man films so satisfying to watch at the end- so the climax between Chen Zhen and an entire dojo of Japanese students and their master just doesn't turn out as emotionally rewarding as one would expect it to.

Those looking for Donnie Yen to kick ass should also lower their expectations. Unlike the Ip Man films, Donnie doesn't get much time here to show off his agility and prowess- thanks to Lau's frenetic efforts to develop a script chock full of undercooked subplots. That is a pity, because one would certainly like to see more of the fast, furious and lethal action that Donnie has on display during the breathtaking opening sequence (to whet your appetite, Chen Zhen uses bayonet knives to take out a section of enemy soldiers on the second floor of a building, running at a 30-degree angle up a pole, and then using the knives to scale up the wall). There are just two more big action setpieces after this before the finale, but what visceral excitement Donnie generates in both is extinguished far too quickly.

For what he falls short in the martial arts sequences, Andrew Lau tries to make up for in flashy visuals and lush cinematography. As with his other films, the director who started out as an acclaimed cinematographer takes up lensing duties here and his photography of 1920s Shanghai is grand and opulent. Nevertheless, most audiences would probably prefer to see Donnie Yen's fighting than Lau's gorgeous cinematography, and will find the latter inadequate compensation for the former.

Fans of Donnie Yen however should still find reason to rejoice. Chen Zhen sees Donnie Yen at his most suave and charismatic (even looking convincingly like he can play a piano). He is also a much better actor now, and the dramatic scenes possess none of the awkwardness that used to dwarf his earlier films. Perhaps most importantly, the exhilarating action sequences show that he has lost none of his mettle as the best martial arts star in Chinese cinema right now. For a younger generation who may not have seen Bruce Lee and his nanchucks in the original "Fist of Legend", Donnie Yen's take on Chen Zhen is iconic enough to leave a lasting impression.


24 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wow, China is really milking it... dtran29
Green Hornet jrmyk1-921-140814
nothing against RX_Kingx86
If... viofitz
'Shanghai' + 'Fist of Legend' = Legend of the Fist iliveinphilippines
The Opening Scene is the best scene in the whole film chrono xiong

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?