Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
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In 1920s China, the nation is divided by infighting. Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia, taking over Northern Shanghai. With the city torn in half by international conflict, the popular nightclub ìCasablancaî has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for what happens to its citizens. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he's known as "Ku," and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Played by Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he's up to the challenge. Combining the best of today's martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past (and a healthy dollop of film noir on top), LEGEND OF THE FIST is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they've never seen before.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It's generally fun to watch Mr. Yen move and not much fun to watch him act, and "Legend of the Fist" is no exception.
Rotten: Although "Legend of the Fist" is slick, stylish and assured, it is also bloated and hollow, and seemingly without much sense of what actually is working.
Rotten: Anyone who's seen a martial-arts picture expects a certain amount of thumb-twiddling between the big numbers, but director Andrew Lau's handling of exposition is markedly poor.
Fresh: Using not one but two world wars as backdrops, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is an exhilarating kung fu romp.
Donnie... one to follow...
Film making in HK has become a lot more challenging since China's take over and this film's nationalistic overtones make it evident. Given the narrowed scope of stories, this is a great one to bring to light. Make no mistake, Donnie has already brought a fresh new light to martial arts films with the inclusion of a MMA/HK fusion integration alongside of the work of respected elders such as Samo Hung, in far more films than those released by iTunes. Go look for them...
Only 2 good fights
The fight in the beginning concerning the war and the fight at the end were the best. The movie was more focused on the war between China and Japan. I was sooooo bored and it took me 3 days to finish watching this movie. I LOVE Donnie Yen and this was not the action packed kind of movie I was hoping for.