Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)
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Legendary Kung Fu hero Chen Zhen is an iconic cultural mainstay in China and Hong Kong, having spawned both record-breaking feature films and a TV series. Over the years, martial arts legends such as Bruce Lee (FIST OF FURY) and Jet Li (FIST OF LEGEND) have played the popular hero. In LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN, Donnie Yen continues this rich historical legacy, but with a brand new take on the urban legend. In 1920s China, the nation is divided by infighting. Japan has become
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There's too much lustrous-hued loitering and too few martial-arts set pieces. This isn't another disposable B movie, though.
It's all a big cinematic jumble and, quite frankly, an expensive-looking mess.
Using not one but two world wars as backdrops, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is an exhilarating kung fu romp.
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.
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.
Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
The movie only really comes to life when there's fighting on screen, which is unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected.
... a colorful and largely incoherent mess, less a movie than a collection of cannibalized ideas stitched together into something resembling a plot.
A heady blend of spy thriller, period piece political drama and martial arts action flick that reaffirms star Donnie Yen's quiet, universal charisma.
Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.
The calm, determined presence of Yen (following in the footsteps of Bruce Lee and Jet Li) pulls it all together, with major help from cinematographer-turned-director Andrew Lau Wai-Keung.
What appears to be going on behind the scenes is a distinctly anti-Japanese/anti-English nationalistic fervor disguised as historical action slugfest.
There is a scene in the movie that is so visceral, it will make you forget about the high-flying silliness. That's the Donnie Yen I was waiting to see.
Too bad the film surrounding the fight scenes is there to be tolerated rather than fully enjoyed.
The first ten minutes of the film are basically just Chen Zhen single-handedly defeating the Germans and winning the war, and it's so jaw-droppingly good that it almost makes the rest of the movie feel like a let-down.
The fights are too brief and spaced out while the drama is an outright bore
The film remains most engaging when it dispatches with narrative excess and focuses on the beautifully orchestrated mayhem.
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- Liu Yiutian: This is China, alright bub? I really can't look up to you fat ass Americans always sitting in front off me telling me what to do! When I'm done there are ony two words, fu** off!
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