Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen


2011 | 106 min. minutes | Rated NR

A big-screen sequel to a 1995 TV show remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, with Donnie Yen as Chen Zhen, a World War I hero. After a 10-minute prelude of fucking stunning kinetic violence, Legend becomes a straight-up comic book: Yen is a spy for the Chinese resistance, posing as a nightclub-managing gangster, who by night assumes the identity of the Masked Avenger, a proto-Kato who thwarts political assassination attempts. There's mountains of cornpone intrigue and adventure, a 1920s Chinese version of The Dirty Dozen, and honest-to-god swashbuckling. I mean it. Swashes. Buckled like a motherfucker.


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Film Credits
Wai-keung Lau
Donnie Yen, Qi Shu, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Yasuaki Kurata, Shawn Yue, Karl Dominik, Bo Huang, Ryu Kohata, Siyan Huo, Jiajia Chen