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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Thriller . History . Action . Drama

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.

Actors: Yasuaki Kurata , Shu Qi , Donnie Yen , Bo Huang , Anthony Chau-Sang Wong , Qi Shu , Huo Siyan , Jiajia Chen , Ryu Kohata , Huang Bo , Karl Dominik , Anthony Wong , Shawn Yue
Directors: Wai-Keung Lau
Release: 2010-09-21
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  • Mark Jenkins

    Flashy and fun, and a nifty showcase for Yen.

    NPR Full Review
  • 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.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • 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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    When the film shifts to Shanghai and the club Casablanca, there's too much lustrous-hued loitering and too few martial­-arts set pieces.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Steve Ramos

    Pleasantly old fashioned, with plush period sets of '20s Shanghai and actual hand-to-hand combat.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    Too bad it lacks a substantial story to go along with the kick-ass combat scenes.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    It's generally fun to watch Mr. Yen move and not much fun to watch him act, and Legend of the Fist is no exception.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Comes close to overdosing on bone-pulverizing kickassery at the expense of a plot that ricochets from the nationalistically fatuous to the lovestruck, farcical before shutting down completely in favor of punch-drunk loveliness.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

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

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    The movie's infrequent martial-arts centerpieces deliver the feeblest of punches.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • 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.

    Village Voice Full Review