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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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Review: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
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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 See more (32 total) »

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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 The Chinese Connection (1972)See more »

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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

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.

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