Chen Zhen is a role initially made famous by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury (1972). Twenty two years later, Jet Li brought the role back to life in Fist Of Legend; then, in 1995, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen became Chen Zhen in the TV series Fist Of Fury. Throughout the years, the character—a fictional martial arts student of the Jing Wu School of fighting—has become a cult figure among the Chinese, recognized as a defender against the Japanese invasion during the earlier decades of the 20th century. Yen (the Ip Man series) resurrects the character in Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen, a follow-up to Yen's Fist Of Fury television series. Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen takes place seven years after Fist Of Fury. Having seen this film, we can confirm that it’s full of what we've been missing: the energetic spirit of popcorn Hong Kong cinema from the ‘90s. Elaborate stunts, jaw-dropping wire action, and Yen’s ass-kicking precision of knocking down his enemies, simply make juiced-up super heroes look stale like Major League sluggers. Yen once again reassures us that he might be the last real Hong-Kong-martial-arts star alive. See it for yourself on April 15, 2011.
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