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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.

Director:

Gordon Chan

Writers:

Gordon Chan (screenplay), Kwong Kim Yip (screenplay) (as Ip Kwong Kim)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Chen Zhen
Shinobu Nakayama Shinobu Nakayama ... Mitsuko Yamada
Siu-Ho Chin ... Hou Ting-En
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 Toshimichi Takahashi ... Japanese Ambassador
Suk-Mui Tam ... Wei
Jackson Lou ... Ryuichi Akutagawa (as Lou Hsueh Hsien)
Sun Wong ... Cook
Man Biu Lee ... Biu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E.E. Bell ... (voice)
Shaun Britton Shaun Britton ... English Gentleman at Dock
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

To avenge his masters death, He'll fight like never before!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

22 December 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fist of Legend See more »

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Production Co:

Eastern Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jet Li plays Chen Zhen in this movie, a student of master Huo Yuanjia. Jet Li would then go on to play Master Huo Yuanjia in Fearless (2006) See more »

Goofs

When Akutagawa and the Japanese Ambassador are talking after playing a game of Go!, the pieces disappear and re-appear a number of times. See more »

Quotes

Chen Zhen: The object of matching is to beat down the opponent.
Fumio Funakoshi: Wrong kid, the best way to beat the opponent is to use a gun.
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Alternate Versions

Dimension version replaces the original score by Joseph Koo with a new one by Stephen Edwards. In addition, many sound effects were either added/replaced or intensified. See more »

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The perfect remake of the classic "Chinese Connection"
9 February 2006 | by tiger86-2See all my reviews

"Fist of Legend" is a great movie. Really great. Jet Li plays Chen Zhen, a character played by Bruce Lee in "Chinese Connection", and he does it perfect. Bruce Lee's Chen is a character filled with anger, hate and wish for revenge. Jet Li's Chen is much different. He is cold blooded, there is no anger in him. The difference between Jet Li and Bruce Lee is the same as the difference between "Fist of Legend" and "Chinese Connection". Bruce Lee's character hates Japan and everything Japanese. Jet Li's Chen wishes his revenge but he respects Japanese culture and there isn't hate. If "Chinese Connection" is a movie of the hate and the anger, "Fist of Legend" is a movie of the peace and the respect.


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