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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, once played by Bruce Lee in FIST OF FURY and Jet Li in FIST OF LEGEND. Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), 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 (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.
This might be beating a dead horse but Donnie Yen has certainly been on one hell of a roll in the last several years with blockbuster hits such as 14 Blades, Kill Zone and the IP Man films to name only a few but now everyone is about to witness his masterpiece, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen. You can call Legend of The Fist a sequel to Bruce Lee's classic Fist Of Fury or Yen's Fist of Fury films even, hell you can compare it to The Green Hornet and Black Mask if you want but there's one thing everyone will agree on, it's one of the most original, bad ass movies to come out of Asia in some time. The film begins at the end of WW1 in France. Chen Zhen returns home and joins a group of rebels and, under the pseudonym of a deceased comrade, becomes part owner of a large night club run by Chinese big shots who plan on profiting from the war. In preventing an attack on a Chinese military general, Chen Zhen dons the costume of a movie hero he sees in a store window and saves the man's life. This doesn't make the Japanese very happy and they immediately begin searching for this masked man. Zhen is also getting close with one of the club's singers but what he doesn't know is she has motives of her own. The film is many things, part martial arts, part super hero and a bit of film noir tossed in as well making for a unique cinematic experience like no other. To go into plot details too much here would only ruin the film for those waiting to see it but I can tell you Donnie Yen just gets better with age, Legend of The Fist is a must own for all fan's of martial arts but it's so much more than just that. The story and direction are flawless and it takes you on a ride like no other filled with high octane action scenes, intrigue and suspense that will have you clinging to the edge of your seat. Besides Yen the film boosts an all star cast including Shu Qi and Anthony Wong who both give incredible performances and it's directed by Andrew Lau.
The film is available to purchase in a number of formats, the Standard DVD, Collector's Edition DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-ray and the Bluray + DVD Combo. It also comes packed with Special Features that includes:
Behind The Scenes
Cast and Crew Interviews
Optional English Dub
For fan's of the genre this is a no-brainer to own, for those not sure I say go ahead and rent it first but you will be buying it right after watching it. You can order the film in whichever format best suits you HERE.
Released by Well Go USA
***** Out Of *****