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(2010) dir Andrew Lau w/Donnie Yen, Qi Shu, Anthony Wong [105 min] It begins with a stunning action sequence set on the European battlefield of WWI, and LEGEND OF THE FIST doesn’t let up as it travels to the glamorous, dangerous world of 1920s Shanghai. Hong Kong action star (with Boston roots) Donnie Yen is in fine form here as the legendary Chinese hero Chen Zhen, and gives an engaging homage to the immortal Bruce Lee, who originated the character on screen in Fists Of Fury.
In a Shanghai half-occupied by the Japanese and overrun by foreign diplomats, the hottest spot in town is a popular nightclub called Casablanca, a den of intrigue filled with spies, mobsters, English officials, and the Japanese military. Enter hero-in-hiding Chen Zhen (Yen), who has returned to China under an assumed name after serving in the WWI Labor Corps. During the day, he’s known as “Ku,” just another wealthy playboy who befriends the club’s owner, Mr. Liu (Wong), and its sultry star, Kiki (Qi). Outside the club, however, the real Zhen emerges – a bold resistance fighter who eventually takes to the street as a masked warrior.
Combining the best of today’s martial arts with retro superhero and spy adventure (plus a dollop of film noir on top), LEGEND OF THE FIST is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they’ve never seen before.