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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen(精武風雲)

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Hong Kong, China · 2010
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director Andrew Lau
Starring Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Huang Bo, Anthony Wong
Genre Drama, Action, History, Thriller

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) 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. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

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Los Angeles Times by

Unexpectedly flatfooted when it should be light on its toes, Legend of The Fist fails to pack much of a punch.


Variety by Justin Chang

This superhero spin on a largely Eastern legend will appeal primarily to Asian genre aficionados on homevid.


Village Voice by Nick Pinkerton

Anyone who's seen a martial-arts picture expects a certain amount of thumb-twiddling between the big numbers, but director Andrew Lau's handling of exposition is markedly poor, distended with rubbish plotlines, flashy sadism, and overwrought jingo.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

It's just too bad that Legend Of The Fist breaks up that action with long scenes of well-dressed men and women sitting around in nightclubs, talking politics.


Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

This isn't at the same level of quality as Yen's "Ip Man 2," which played earlier this year and was one of the best martial arts movies in a long time. But it is entertaining, even if it does ask you to suspend boatloads of disbelief.

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