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Legend Of The Fist - The Return Of Chen Zhen (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Donnie Yen (Actor, Action Director) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor)
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Action superstar Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has outdone himself once again with his hot-blooded portrayal of Chen Zhen in this re-imagination of the legendary Chinese folk hero! Bruce Lee famously created the character in his 1972 masterpiece Fist of Fury, and Jet Li starred in Gordon Chan's acclaimed 1994 remake Fist of Legend, even Donnie himself has played the character in a 1995 TV series. Rather than doing another remake, Donnie now teams up with writer/producer Gordon Chan and director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) to further the story of Chen Zhen, turning the furious avenger into a World War I veteran, secret agent, and masked kung fu superhero!

Besides playing the updated version of the larger-than-life martial artist, Donnie also personally choreographs the exhilarating fight scenes as the film's action director, including a stunning recreation of the unforgettable dojo showdown where Chen Zhen faces 150 challengers alone. Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is not just Donnie's one-man show, though, as he is supported by an award-winning cast that includes Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, and Huang Bo, as well as Huo Siyan, Shawn Yue, Kohata Ryu, EXILE's Akira, and Fist of Legend's Kurata Yasuaki. The caliber of the cast and crew ensures the latest silver screen outing of Chen Zhen is right up there with the classics.

After avenging his murdered master Huo Yuanjia, Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen) vanished and was supposedly dead. He actually left China and joined the Allied war effort on the European battlefields. Seven years later, Chen Zhen returns to Shanghai in the guise of a young entrepreneur in order to infiltrate Club Casablanca, whose owner Tycoon Liu (Anthony Wong) is suspected of collusion with the Japanese. He soon wins the trust of Liu while falling in love with the gorgeous club singer Kiki (Shu Qi). Meanwhile, Japanese general Chikaraishi (Kohata Ryu) comes to Shanghai with his assassination squad, subjecting the city to his reign of terror. Donning a black mask to avoid exposing his real identity, Chen Zhen secretly works with police captain Huang (Huang Bo) to protect the Chinese patriots from the Japanese assassins, as the hope of a nation rests on his deadly fists...

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Product Title: Legend Of The Fist - The Return Of Chen Zhen (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 精武風雲.陳真 (DVD) (香港版) 精武风云.陈真 (DVD) (香港版) 精武風雲.陳真 (DVD) (香港版) Legend Of The Fist - The Return Of Chen Zhen (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor) | Akira (EXILE) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Zhou Yang (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Ma Yue (Actor) | Chen Jia Jia (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Andrew Lau 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 倉田保昭 (Actor) | Akira (EXILE) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 周揚 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 馬躍 (Actor) | 陳佳佳 (Actor) | 木 幡龍 (Actor) | 黃渤 (Actor) | 劉偉強 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 仓田保昭 (Actor) | Akira (EXILE) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 周扬 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 马跃 (Actor) | 陈佳佳 (Actor) | 木 幡龙 (Actor) | 黄渤 (Actor) | 刘伟强 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 倉田保昭 (Actor) | AKIRA | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | Zhou Yang (Actor) | 霍思燕(フオ・スーイェン) (Actor) | Ma Yue (Actor) | Chen Jia Jia (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | 黄渤(ホァン・ボー) (Actor) | 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) 견자단 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor) | Akira (EXILE) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Zhou Yang (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Ma Yue (Actor) | Chen Jia Jia (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Andrew Lau
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Action Director: Donnie Yen 甄 子丹 甄 子丹 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) 견자단
Producer: Andrew Lau | Gordon Chan 劉偉強 | 陳 嘉上 刘伟强 | 陈 嘉上 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) | 陳嘉上(ゴードン・チャン) Andrew Lau | 진가상
Release Date: 2010-11-19
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023698304

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* Special Features:
- Trailers
- Making Of
- Behind The Scenes
- Director's Unseen Footages

Producer & Director: Andrew Lau

While China is traumatized by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Japan has grown into the most powerful foreign national group there in Shanghai. Although the city is being torn by the Japanese, the upscale cabaret nightclub Casablanca remains a haven for a mishmash of clienteles, including the mustachioed entrepreneur Ku and the sultry singsong girl Kiki. Ku is none other than the legendary hero Chen Zhen in incognito, who single-handedly avenged his mentor*s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Hongkou years ago. Disguised as a masked warrior at night, Chen now sets out to thwart the imminent Japanese invasion by rescuing as many people as he can from Japan's "assassination list."
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Awards

This film has received 4 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2011
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Sound Design Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Nomination
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Professional Review of "Legend Of The Fist - The Return Of Chen Zhen (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 13, 2010

This professional review refers to Legend Of The Fist - The Return Of Chen Zhen (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
One of the great things about being a Donnie Yen fan is the fact that he makes so many films, punching and kicking his way through several productions a year. Legend of The Fist - The Return of Chen Zhen is his latest, with him taking on the role of the Chinese folk hero, famously portrayed back in 1972 by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury and in 1994 by Jet li in Gordon Chan's remake Fist of Legend. Having already starred in a TV version himself back in 1995, this time around Yen aims for something different, as he and writer producer Chan and director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) take up Chen Zhen's continuing story as a secret agent fighting the Japanese in the 1920s. The film is an all star blockbuster affair, with lavish production values and an impressive supporting cast headed by Shu Qi, Anthony Wong and Huang Bo.

Yen plays Chen Zhen, who after the events of the original films left China to fight on the European battlefields of the First World War. He returns to Shanghai in the 1920s, posing as a young businessman who soon ingratiates himself with Tycoon Liu (Anthony Wong), owner of the popular Casablanca club. At the same time he is a member of a group of secret patriots dedicated to preventing the Japanese from spreading their influence in China, taking to the streets at night in a mask to protect their targets from assassination. Complicating matters by falling for showgirl Kiki (Shu Qi), Chen Zhen faces a terrible challenge in the form of the Japanese general Chikaraishi (Kohata Ryu, recently in 밅ity of Life and Death?, who arrives in the city hell-bent on conquest and crushing resistance.

Taking on the iconic role of Chen Zhen is very much a natural step for Donnie Yen as he continues to assert his position as one of the all time greats of martial arts cinema. Unsurprisingly, he is more than up to the task, bringing his own interpretation of the character and his own brand of righteous charisma and lightening fast moves. Although his performance is essentially very similar to that in the superb Ip Man films, he brings the right amount of vengeful anger and humanity to the role, helping to add enough emotional depth to lift the film from being a simple kung fu beat 'em up. The premise of following Chen Zhen's adventures as a secret agent type works surprisingly well, and though the film initially seems like it's going to turn into yet another superhero origin yarn, there's thankfully a lot more going on. Although the plot does play out as expected, writer Gordon Chan and director Andrew Lau manage to keep things interesting, combining martial arts, political intrigue and wartime espionage into a potent mix, with lots of deception and back stabbing along the way to the inevitable final showdown. It certainly helps that the film has a hard, ruthless edge, with numerous members of the high profile supporting cast biting the dust in the process.

In this regard, the film is more than just a Donnie Yen vehicle, with some good work all round from the other stars. Shu Qi contributes an effective turn, raising her character above mere eye candy, and continues to prove that she has a far wider range than some of her early cutesy-ditsy work might have suggested. Anthony Wong is also on good form, and although he doesn't really have a great deal to do, his older statesman type role occasionally lends the film a few touches of gravitas. Surprisingly though, its Huang Bo who impresses the most as a police officer charged with keeping the peace, balancing appeasing the Japanese with helping Chen Zhen on the sly. From providing some comic relief in the early stages, his character quickly develops into one of the film's most interesting, and is very much its conscience, as well as the provider of most of its rousing nationalist moments.

Lau's direction is as slick as ever, and the film is very much in the blockbuster mould, with lots of effort having been put into the sets and costumes. The period detail pays off in creating a convincingly exotic 1920s atmosphere, with lots of nightclub scenes and dance numbers. Although the film does suffer from some odd pacing at times and some choppy editing, including a very abrupt ending, when it takes off, it really flies. This is thanks mainly to Yen's excellent and inventive action choreography, which includes some well designed and explosive set pieces. Things get pretty violent and bloody in places, and aside from a few instances of shoddy CGI work this furthers the film's tough and gritty air, adding a welcome sense of visceral danger. There are a number of real stand out scenes that rank amongst the year's best for the genre, with the final act containing some truly awesome sequences as Yen takes on a massive mob of Japanese thugs (apparently around 150) before facing down the evil Chikaraishi in a duel that is well worth the wait.

All of this combines to make Legend of The Fist - The Return of Chen Zhen not only a worthy follow up to the classic originals, but a fine piece of martial arts cinema in its own right. Donnie Yen continues to prove why he is still the top genre star of the new century, and the film is another thrilling notch on his ever expanding belt.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.5 out of 10 (4)

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September 4, 2014

1 people found this review helpful

Watch it for the fights Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
According to "The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen", 150,000 Chinese men were shipped to Europe in World War I, essentially to serve as coolies for the Allied forces. Among these were Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen) and a band of his buddies from Shanghai. [Aficionados will recall that the character Chen Zhen, at earlier stages in his life, was played by Bruce Lee (Fists of Fury) and Jet Li (Legend of Fist).] In France, Chen witnesses his timid friend Qi Tianyuan take a bullet in the head from a Nazi machine gun, then responds in superhuman fashion by taking out a host of Germans.

Returning to Shanghai after the war, Chen joins a group of underground fighters who seek to resist the ever-increasing encroachments of the Japanese in China. Taking the name of his dead pal Qi as his secret identity, Chen becomes junior partner at Casablanca, Shanghai's hottest nightclub (I guess calling the place Rick's would be too obvious of a reference). The nightclub is the place where Japanese, Westerners, and Chinese rub shoulders, trade insults, and concoct schemes, and where Chen meets and falls for hostess Kiki (Shu Qi), who has secrets of her own. Here the movie goes awry. The lengthy scenes set in the nightclub feel inauthentic and slow the pace of the film to a crawl.

Attempting to deter the Japanese schemes and generate news coverage, Chen periodically takes on the persona of The Masked Warrior (think Bruce Lee's Kato from the Green Hornet TV series) who creates a splash by thrashing the evil Japanese. The Japanese respond by stirring chaos through the release of a list of 100 civic leaders they plan to assassinate. The film finally finds its focus. Chinese bodies pile up and the underground resistance movement undertakes a spectacular counterattack. The action culminates with Chen suited in white (think Jet Li in Legend of Fist) arriving at a dojo to take on dozens of Japanese fighters, then square off against the dastardly Colonel Chikaraishi (Kohata Ryu), who seeks to avenge Chen's killing of his father.

While saddled with an excess of Donnie Yen's preening, the fight scenes are bone-crushingly magnificent and are the reason to watch "Legend of the Fist". Apart from those dynamic displays of martial arts skills, the film seldom becomes compelling and the talented cast largely is wasted by simplistic storytelling. The filmmaking seems so undisciplined that it is hard to imagine that director Andrew Lau truly was at the helm of this production.
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Jackyvoe
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January 8, 2011

What should have been fun wasn't Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Ip Man was an uplifting movie that showed how the spirit of martial arts and national pride overcame oppression from the Japanese military. Legend of The Fist on the other hand is an ugly, mean spirited mess.

A historical drama like Farewell My Concubine or John Rabe is suited for dealing with heavy subject matter like the Japanese occupation of China. Not a movie marketed as a martial arts extravaganza. Especially when the first action scene shows Donnie Yen defeating German Soldiers like a superhero.

And the superhero sequences do not mesh with the overly serious scenes. Every time the movie focusses on the crimes the Japanese army commits, or the traitorous behavior of other characters, it doesn't matter what kind of action scenes take place latter. Sure, there are some good fights in the movie. But they lose all credibility because of what surrounds them.

One of the main characters even has a sister who gets raped just to tastelessly move the plot forward and motivate revenge. Even after Donnie Yen takes action throughout the movie, he has nothing but hollow victories to look forward to.

If Ip Man could be a good drama with appropriately placed action scenes, why not this movie?
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jasmine
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December 31, 2010

Not another one Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
I've not given this movie a rating not because it's bad but because it's Donnie 'yenning' for another glory. It's only to be expected of him after punching and kicking his way in Ip Man only to enjoy his gravy train ride onto this. It's the same old turnout, he's the only hero. So tiring......yawn!!

I'm still steadfast in Jet Li's version.
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Rhoda
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November 21, 2010

2 people found this review helpful

WONDERFUL Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
THE MOVIE STARTED DURING THE WAR WHEN THE FRENCHMEN ARE INVADING. DONNIE YEN TOGETHER WITH HIS FELLOWMEN ARE TRYING TO CARRY AS MUCH RIFFLE AS THEY CAN TO REACH CHINA.

AS ALWAYS,DONNIE MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS XCEEDED MY EXPECTATION.I SPECIALLY LIKED THE STUNTS HE DID IN THE BEGINING WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO REACH THE SNIPER, WOW... IT'S SO FASCINATING. I LOVE DA CINEMATOGRAPHY OF THE MOVIES. SHU QUI ALSO DID A WONDERFUL JOB BEING A JAPANESE SPY. TOO BAD SHE DIED.

SUGGEST YOU GET HOLD OF YOUR OWN COPY.
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