Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

From the Andrew Lau, the director of Infernal Affairs, and starring current superstar Donnie Yen, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen would seem set for success in the box office. What's more, the equally star-studded supporting cast includes screen darling Shu Qi, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Yasuaki Kurata, Shawn Yue and Karl Dominik.

Chen Zhen, a fictious character immortalised by Bruce Lee in the Fist of Fury and played by Jet Li in First of Legend now stars uprising martial arts favourite, Donnie Yen. Get set to be taken aback by the exaggerated action right from the start: Imagine the black and white flashback of one man knocking down poles and swinging up phone lines to take down a battalion of armed German soldiers. Better than blitzkrieg I would say.

Back to the present, Chen Zhen, who famously wiped out the entire school of Japanese martial arts students in Hongkou dojo for calling the Chinese Sick Men of Asia, returns incognito in Shanghai as a charming night club partner by day, and a masked avenger by night. Supporting Yen is a cast of brilliant supporting actors and actresses including Shu Qi who plays his love interest, a nightclub hostess with a secret agenda, and Anthony Wong, a nightclub businessman who is more patriotic than he looks.

Even for an action flick, a surprisingly high number of brutal deaths ensues before the hero is charged up enough for the showdown scene, which was sadly disappointing. While the director remembers not to let the hero win too easily, Yen finishes off his opponent a tad too quickly after a series of explanatory flashbacks.

The film reeks of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury with extremely similar fight scenes, action sequences and even its plot, so those looking for groundbreaking – not literally – action would not find any in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

But with ample of action paced throughout the film, it is nonetheless a must-watch for action film buffs, and especially so for fans of Donnie Yen who bares his abs and those of the ever hot Shu Qi.

Related links: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen official site, Wikipedia – Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

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