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Chen fakes his death and returns as a caped crime fighter.

Cast & Crew

Donnie Yen
Chen Zhen
Yasuaki Kurata
Chikaraishi's father
Ryu Kohata
Colonel Chikaraishi
Jiajia Chen
Huang Lan
Gordon Chan
Screenwriter
John Chong
Executive Producer
Wang Chang Tian
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Kwong Wing Chan
Original Music
Wai Keung Lau
Cinematographer
Man-Ching Ng
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Wai-Chiu Chung
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  • Jan 03, 2016
    A disappointment. Seems like it was cut down from a much longer film. Some great action sequences, but mighty choppy with some story problems.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2013
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  • Dec 20, 2011
    Donnie Yen second attempt at playing Chen Zhen is much better because he's not imitating Bruce Lee, but it unfortunate the movie is poorly paced with action sequences that are too quick for full enjoyment. Donnie Yen no doubt is man of action proven by his Ip Man movies, but when your taking on a legendary character like Che Zhen, who's a real martial artist, you have to have the right balance of action and drama. The action sequences are well made, but unfortunately short or too fast for our enjoyment. Which is a real shame, I mean the prologue in this movie (one of the best I've seen since Goldeneye) gets you excited into watching this and is a real let down when you watch the whole thing. The story simply put this way, seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death 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. Now while it's sounds good on paper, execution of it was poor in mu opinion. It could have definitely been better in terms of it story, but there's enough good moments in the story to keep you entertain. I have to praise Donnie Yen for learning from his mistake for imitating Bruce Lee in his first portrayal of Chen Zhen. He does a better job in this one not imitating Bruce Lee and feels more like a Donnie Yen movie than a bruceploitation movie. Overall it's a okay movie with well done action sequences that are too fast and unevenly pace throughout the movie. If you want a good portrayal of Chen Zhen, I recommend Fist of Legend and The Chinese Connection.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2011
    IP MAN THRE.... Wait. What the hell? Chinese superhero? He's got the same costume as the dude from "Green Hornet". "Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen" sucked. Straight up. Here are some positives: great production value, great sets and costumes, and for a little bit, great cinematography and camera work. I like Donnie Yen; he was great in both Ip Man's but there was no way that his flashy fighting moves could overcome all the shortcomings of this movie. The plot was ridiculously uninteresting not because of the content itself -- it was simply slapped in. Just a bunch of dialogue that had absolutely no heart or character development behind it. Many are probably thinking, "This is a kung-fu movie. What do you expect?" Well then, I guess they didn't know what they were trying to make the movie then; its excessive but gritty violence and portrayal of the story calls for an effective drama, then we get super cheesy shots of a Chinese superhero standing ontop of a clock tower. Not to mention, the action was a bore (except for the opening war scene). What I found particularly annoying was how abrupt every scene was in conveying the emotions it wanted to instill upon the audience. What I mean by this is that most movies have a flow to build character development, relationships, a sense of accomplishment or loss. "Legend of the Fist" rushes through it and it completely breaks the flow (the thought of becoming a superhero is never elaborated on and he literally jumps into a suit, the relationship he builds with some girl is never truly built, and the ending scenes after the events of the climax is literally a 10 second scene that breezes by with no intent of being "open for interpretation" or giving a sense of ending). They'll do that with the ending scene but then show about 10 minutes of some Chinese girl singing a song on stage. Wow. Really? Loads and loads of problems with this movie. Do not watch it. On all levels it sucked.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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