I will come out and admit it right now; I am a Donnie Yen fan and big one at that. Yen has more than proven himself as a martial artist in films and what more can you ask for? Well you can ask for more than that I do realize so don't get me wrong. Yen has been known in the acting world for over acting a bit but that is more than fine in the type of films he is in. now true martial arts fans know the character Yen is playing well thanks in part to the real life story and the character being portrayed by both Bruce Lee [Fist of Fury] and Jet Li [Fist of Legend].
Chen Zhen [Yen] is back in Shanghai after supposedly being killed in World War 1 under the guise of a friend who was killed, Qi Tianyuan. He is a charismatic man who quickly becomes a partner at the club "Casablanca" after impressing the owner. Little does anyone know he is working with an underground freedom group to stop the Japanese. He becomes romantically involved with the club's singer Kiki all while becoming a masked hero in the likeness of Bruce lee's "Kato".
Donnie Yen as usual is great in the action scenes showcasing all the moves that made him what he is today. When it comes to the action the film is really good and moves the film along nicely. But when the dramatic scenes come around sometimes it is hit or miss. Not too often but at times director Andrew Lau lets things slow down. It really could have benefited from a quicker pace but or at least letting the story and characters develop more.
Yen is good here though even with some over acting at times but he is a charismatic guy at that helps his screen presence. Anthony Wong is good here as the club owner and brings a little something extra to the movie. Shu Qui is good here as well as Kiki and may have the best character to play in the film, plus she looks good. Now there are liberties that are taken with the actual history and people here as I am sure you can tell but it makes for a fun flick.
Now even with everything I have said I will admit right now that I really did enjoy this movie. I love the time period of the film and the dark look of the film was well executed. Of course the fight scenes are great and when a certain police officer finally has enough it may just be one of the best scenes in the flick. I do recommend this movie to any one reading this because you may like it more than I did plus there are some very cool moments here. Also the music is excellent here.
Andrew Lau and reigning Chinese martial arts superstar Donnie Yen team up in another chapter in the life of Chen Zhen, the student of Chinese folk hero Huo Yuan Jia (whose life was portrayed in Jet Li's Fearless) in “LEGEND OF THE FIST: The Return of Chen Zhen“ (2010). The character of Chen Zhen is quite a flamboyant one, since he has been played by the legendary Bruce Lee in “Fist of Fury” (aka. Chinese Connection), by Jet Li in “Fist of Legend” and more … more
I love the time period of the film and the dark look of the film was well executed. Of course the fight scenes are great and when a certain police officer finally has enough it may just be one of the best scenes in the flick. I do recommend this movie to any one reading this because you may like it more than I did plus there are some very cool moments here. Also the music is excellent here.
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