Thursday, April 21, 2011

In Theaters, Apr 22, 2011 : Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Official Synopsis : 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 the most powerful force in Asia, taking over Northern Shanghai. With the city torn in half by international conflict, the popular nightclub "Casablanca" has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for what happens to its citizens. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he's known as "Ku", and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Played by Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he's up to the challenge. Combining the best of today's martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past (and a healthy dollop of film noir on top), LEGEND OF THE FIST is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they've never seen before. -- (c) Variance 

What to Expect : I guess in the end it's a matter of taste really. If you love martial arts movies and like them over-the-top and melodramatic, sprinkled with a layer of chinese history, then look no further. A heavy-handed and pointless sequel, directed by "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau. Proceed at your own risk. 

More Details : 

  • Starring : Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu.

  • Director : Andrew Lau (Wai-keung Lau).

  • Screenplay : Gordon Chan.

  • Running Time : 105 min.

  • Rating : Unrated.



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