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

Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen (original title)
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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:

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (as Andrew Lau)

Writers:

Gordon Chan (screenplay), Chi-Sing Cheung | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Release Date:

21 September 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Fist See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,365, 24 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,398, 12 June 2011
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Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Hong Kong/Chinese film to be mixed in the Dolby Surround 7.1 encoding system. Coincidentally, Andrew Lau Wai-Keung'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 »

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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 Ip Man (2008) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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It's enjoyable, but not as good as previous martial art flicks.
12 October 2010 | by aaronjbongSee all my reviews

Previously this year, there were "True Legend", "14 Blades", "The Legend is Born: Ip Man" and the breathtaking "Ip Man 2". They have been well- made and enjoyable. September brings up another Donnie Yen flick: "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen".

The movie was actually not bad at all. The acting was not really bad at all and everything was fine. But, why a 6?

First, unlike "Ip Man 2", the movie didn't get to roam many places as the setting like previous martial art flicks. Instead, most of the movie or at least 85% of the movie took place in a club. That made the movie look pretty dull and boring. I just wanted more locations and explore more of Chen Zhen's world rather than staying in a club doing nothing; in the club, there were only some non-action stuff and they were boring.

Secondly, the climactic moment. What the hell happened to Chen Zhen. It's just so strange if you watch the climactic scene. In other words, you're facing a tough enemy and you didn't even get to hit him once in the first round. Suddenly, you rose and the enemy didn't get to hit you once. So "what the hell happened". It's just perfectly shot in the first part and it just suddenly drops in the second round.

Thirdly, why did Donnie Yen do the signature "haya" noises of Bruce Lee. I didn't hear any of those noises in the first movie. What happened to Chen Zhen? It's just so bizarre and unnecessary.

For the others, they were fine. The music was satisfying enough to raise suspense for the movie and the action scenes were perfectly directed. Nothing wrong with the others.

However, the movie does show quite some semi-nude scenes which were pretty disturbing. Compared to "Ip Man 2", "Chen Zhen" has bloodier action scenes.

Overall, the martial action movie was enjoyable and worth to be watched. Only those three things spoil the enjoyment of the film.

Prince AJB's rating: 6/10 or 60%

Thanks for reading my review and hope it is useful.


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