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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen -- Playing the hero first portrayed by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury, Donnie Yen reprises his role as legendary fighter Chen Zhen in this breakneck kung fu thriller set in Shanghai during its occupation by the Japanese in World War II.
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen -- 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 ...
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21 September 2010 (China) See more »
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Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Donnie Yen ... Chen Zhen

Qi Shu ... Fang Qing

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang ... Liu Yutian
Shawn Yue ... General Zeng
Bo Huang ... Inspector Huang Hao Long
Yasuaki Kurata ... Tsuyoshi Chikaraishi

Siyan Huo ... Vivian
Gregory Wong (as Wong Chung Yiu)
Tony Ho

Karl Dominik ... Vincent
Ryu Kohata ... Colonel Takeshi Chikaraishi
Chris Tsui ... Chris
Kenji Tanigaki ... Gangster / Fighter in dojo
Akira ... Sasaki Chikaraishi
Hua Yan ... Fighter in dojo
Jiajia Chen ... Huang Lan
Songwen Zhang ... Wen-Zai
Alex Ahlstrom ... American Soldier
Tian Gao
Miao Chi
Zhou Yang ... Qi Zhi-Shan
Ikki Funaki
Su Ma ... General Zhou's wife
Minowa Yasufumi
Yale Varty ... American Soldier
Shi Feng
Xiaolei Huang
Jessie Zhou Hong ... Concubine
Wang Feng
Yu Mu-Zi
Lau Tou
Zhang Zhi-Hong
Hu Shan-Shan
Yue Ma ... General Zhou
Lai Xi
Zhang Huai-Yu
Li Xiao-Lin ... Qiu Ting
Zhang Huei
Zhou Wang
Xia Yi-Yao
Jan-To Tam ... Fighter in dojo
Wong San
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Directed by
Wai-keung Lau  (as Andrew Lau)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gordon Chan  screenplay
Chi-Sing Cheung 
Koon-nam Lui 
Frankie Tam 

Produced by
Gordon Chan .... producer
Ellen Chang .... co-producer
Paul Cheng .... co-producer
Siu Kin Cheung .... associate producer
Man Kei Chin .... associate producer
John Chong .... executive producer
Lorraine Ho .... co-producer
Peter Lam .... executive producer
Wai-keung Lau .... producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... executive producer
Chang-tian Wang .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan 
 
Cinematography by
Wai-keung Lau (director of photography) (as Andrew Lau)
Man-Ching Ng (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Wai Chiu Chung  (as Azrael Chung)
 
Production Design by
Tze Fung Li 
 
Art Direction by
Che Kiu Lam  (as Eric Lam)
 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
 
Makeup Department
Maggie Choy .... makeup artist
Wai Hing Lau .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paul Au Wai-Lun .... production manager
Mok Fung Yee .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wing-Leung Fong .... second assistant director
Yiu-Leung Ho .... third assistant director
Cindy Yu .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Little B. .... production draughtsman
Lam Jan-Yiu .... props
Wai Kin Lam .... property master
Hay Man .... production signage
Kin Hung Wong .... props
Yu Chung Wong .... props
Sai Yan Yeung .... props
 
Sound Department
Kinson Tsang .... sound editor
Kinson Tsang .... supervising sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Siu Fu Ma .... compositor
Edward Pak .... compositor
Victor Wong .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jan-To Tam .... action choreographer
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer
Hua Yan .... action choreographer
Donnie Yen .... action director
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yiu Ming Chan .... assistant camera
Hang Chen .... film loader: shanghai unit
Yuk-chuen Cheung .... gaffer
Wai Shing Fan .... assistant lighting
Jun Fu .... still photographer
Jai Ip .... gaffer
Siu Ching Ip .... cinematographer: second unit
Billy Ko .... assistant camera
Xiaodong Liu .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Chengli Long .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Chenghui Tang .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Jiangping Xiang .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Liming Yang .... lead gaffer: shanghai unit
Tao Yang .... electrician
Tao Yu .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Youguan Zhao .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
Shenglong Zhou .... assistant lighting: shanghai unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bosheng Jiang .... tailor
Linzhen Ni .... production seamstress
Xinfeng Wu .... production seamstress
Gangying Xi .... laundry
 
Other crew
He Cheng .... translator: japanese
Siu Kin Cheung .... planner
Man Kei Chin .... production advisor
Yongmei Duanmu .... cashier
Tony Ho .... dance instructor
Hao Huang .... script supervisor
Peter Lam .... presenter
Wei Li .... continuity
Amy Liu .... finance
Kam-Ku Luk .... production assistant
Ronghao Ma .... continuity
Weichiao Ren .... continuity
Zhong-lun Ren .... presenter
Qi Shen .... caterer
Nan Leung Si-Wan .... dance instructor
Leo Sze .... production accountant
Changtian Wang .... presenter
Zhenxing Wang .... parking manager
Long Wu .... continuity
Chunlong Xiao .... cashier
Ying Xu .... physician
Haixue Yin .... continuity
Guoqiang Yu .... continuity
Bingbing Zhai .... continuity
Peng Zhao .... adminstrative assistant: shanghai unit
Leilei Zheng .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Chen Zhen: The Turbulence of Jing Wu" - International (English title) (literal English title)
"Legend of the Fist" - International (English title) (short title)
"The Legend of Chen Zhen" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, martial arts action and some language
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106 min
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Trivia:
The first Hong Kong/Chinese film to be mixed in the "Dolby Surround 7.1" encoding system. Coincidentally, Wai-keung Lau's movie Kuen sun (2001) was the first Hong Kong film mixed in the "Dolby Digital EX" 6.1 surround encoding system.See more »
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Anachronisms: The motorcycle is a Chinese made Chang Jiang which is a copy of a pre-WWII German BMW. This particular motorcycle had directional lights which war era bikes did not have and was manufactured in the mid to late 1990s.See more »
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References Batman Begins (2005)See more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, 26 September 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

This year marks the 70th year of Bruce Lee's birth, arguably the best martial artist the cinematic world has ever seen, with his short filmography still continuing to wow audiences young and old. With tribute screenings at the Hong Kong International Film Festival earlier this year, and at the Tokyo International Film Festival later this month, director Andrew Lau, writer Gordan Chan and leading kung-fu icon of the moment Donnie Yen pay their collective tribute with Legend of the Fist, taking one of the most memorable of Bruce Lee's characters Chen Zhen and imagining a follow up story.

But wait, wasn't the final shot in Fist of Fury quite definitive? But as movie rules are concerned, nothing's canon if you don't see it, so a slew of gunshots count for nothing, passing it off as one of many rumours to discount his death, when in actual fact Chen Zhen (now with Yen picking up the mantle) is still alive and kicking, and sent packing to the WWI front in France to fight alongside his Chinese labourer compatriots against the Axis forces. It's an unsatisfactory explanation I know, but one of the rare blips in what I thought was a riveting story concocted that alas was let down by a clichéd ending that was too abrupt to be satisfying, leaving doors open for another film if it does happen.

Other than that, Legend of the Fist continues how Bruce Lee films were steeped in Chinese nationalism, only here it went with trumpets blaring with any given opportunity. Chen Zhen assumes a dead comrade's identity to return to Shanghai keeping jolly well under the Japanese's radar, where now the city in the early 20s gets carved up into settlements, with a microscopic representation of the internal chaos existing within the nightclub of influential Shanghainese businessman Liu Yiutian (Anthony Wong), with whom Chen Zhen befriends, for an ulterior motive of course, since he's now with the resistance, and the Casablanca club providing a hotbed of information as they plot and counterplot moves against the Japanese's brewing aggression.

Of late there's been a wave of such nationalistic movies that Donnie Yen tend to get involved in, such as Bodyguards and Assassins, and his more recent and successful Ip Man films, where Chinese people gather around a representative hero of their time to defeat foreign aggressors, where even in Ip Man 1, we see and expect the same mano-a-mano against a Japanese general who shows off his fair share of kung-fu knowhow. Like how many caricatures would be crafted in many more films that deal with that difficult period in Chinese history. While Yen had portrayed historical characters in those films, this one he continues with a fictional one made famous by a historical martial artist in Lee.

As a film steeped in paying homage to Lee, there are times where you feel the characters and action get shackled from freedom of expression, but this is not always a bad thing. I had followed Donnie Yen's career pretty early when he was still doing television serials for Hong Kong's ATV, where he played Chen Zhen in a storyline that had to mimic Fist of Fury, but expanded to include a romance with a Japanese woman. Like some television dramas that gets new lease of life on the big screen, it helped that Yen has experience in portraying the role other than a few others like Jet Li in another feature film that was a remake, but this one had the guts to continue where the film / series left off with a new spin.

While aspects of the Chen Zhen character were toned down probably because the character has to continue staying under the radar, gone are the high shrieks when he fights in the beginning (purists, please don't worry, you'll hear that toward the end), and got replaced by plenty of what I thought was MMA executed in brilliantly brutal fashion, starting with the prologue action sequence which had Chen Zhen being that one man soldier, followed by yet another nod in Bruce Lee's direction when dressed in a deliberate Kato costume. I'd say if not for his age, I'd give my vote to Yen if he were to be casted as Kato in the upcoming Green Hornet film in lieu of Jay Chou.

More Lee homages were to come, with the necessity to go shirtless in highlighting the chiseled physique that has its fair share of punishment, and what would be defining of Lee in Fist of Fury with the use of the nunchaks, although with all due respect to Yen, Lee is quite indomitable in this area, and the filmmakers here can only up the ante by throwing in a lot more goons to dispatch of in the same dojo from the earlier film. Yen took the action choreographer reins, and skillfully designed some spectacular fight sequences for action junkies to go wow over, balancing the homage aspects as well as coming up with some really violent, finishing moves to rid opponents. Watch this in a cinema with a proper sound system decked out will heighten that sense surround of being within the all round action.

The story's pretty much plain sailing with little surprises thrown in other than to present shifting loyalties in a tumultuous time, where Anthony Wong lends gravitas, Chinese actor Huang Bo providing comic relief as a corrupt policeman, and Shu Qi lending her vocals yet again as a club hostess already seen in films like Blood Brothers. While the story wouldn't be as iconic as Fist of Fury's, the fight action sequences lived up to its billing, and celebrated manifold the legend of Bruce Lee's instead.

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