Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War, seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who was shot after avenging his teacher (Huo Yuanjia) in Fist of Fury. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local triad boss. That man is Chen Zhen in disguise, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a masked fighter(based on the Green Hornet by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

Back in Shanghai, Chen joins a underground resistance movement to stop the Empire of Japan from invading China. He befriends Liu Yutian (Anthony Wong), a businessman and owner of a nightclub frequented by foreign dignitaries. At the same time, he is romantically attracted to Kiki (Shu Qi), a nightclub singer who is actually a Japanese undercover agent. One night, Chen discovers that the Japanese are planning to assassinate General Zeng (Shawn Yue), the son of a northern warlord, and push the blame to General Zhuo (Ma Yue), a rival warlord. Zeng‘s death will spark off a civil war between the two warlords and aid the subsequent Japanese invasion. Chen disguises himself as a masked superhero (based on The Green Hornet’s sidekick Kato) and defeats the assassins and saves Zeng.

With the operation failed, Tokyo sends a name list of prominent anti-Japanese activists to Colonel Chikaraishi Takeshi (Kohata Ryu), leader of the Japanese secret agency in Shanghai, ordering him to kill the people on the list within a month. Chikaraishi leaks out the list, causing panic among the populace, and pays a visit to the nightclub. Chikaraishi initially finds Chen suspicious, and his doubts are confirmed when he compares a photo of the real Qi Tianyuan with the one stolen from Chen by Kiki. Chikaraishi is aware of Chen‘s true identity and he challenges Chen to save the people on the list. Chen and Chikaraishi engage in a race of time to save and assassinate the activists respectively, with most of the targets being killed while others manage to escape. Eventually, Chikaraishi‘s younger brother leads a team of killers to murder the editor of the Shanghai Times, Wenzai (Zhang Songwen) who is a friend and fellow comrade of Chen. Chen fails to save him on time and sees his friend die before him, after which he takes vengeance on the murderers.

In the meantime, Chen figures out that Kiki is a spy and warns her to leave or he will kill her. At this point, Chikaraishi starts to distrust Kiki and he forces her to kill General Zeng’s girlfriend, Weiwei (Huo Siyan) one of her close friends. The blame is placed on General Zhuo and the angered General Zeng attacks Zhuo with support from Japanese forces, starting a war. One night, the Japanese corner Chen on the street and knock him into unconsciousness, before bringing him to their headquarters to torture him. Chikaraishi reveals to Chen that he is the son of the Hongkou dojo’s master, who was defeated and killed by Chen years ago. He releases Chen and says that he will personally avenge his father later. Concurrently, Chen‘s friends stage a raid on the Japanese headquarters and cause serious damage with explosives before fleeing the scene. The Japanese track down Chen‘s comrades and murder them for revenge later. Chen is thrown out of a car in front of the nightclub and remains in coma for days while he recovers from his injuries.

With the Japanese invasion underway and General Zhuo killed in action with his forces in full retreat, there seems to be nothing that the resistance can prevent the Japanese from occupying Shanghai. Chikaraishi sends Kiki to challenge Chen Zhen to a fight in the Hongkou dojo. Chen accepts the challenge and meets Chikaraishi, who kills one of his comrades and Kiki in front of him. In rage, Chen defeats all the combatants alone, after which he faces Chikaraishi in a one-on-one bout and defeats his opponent eventually. At the end of the film, Chen is seen dressed in his superhero costume, and he continues to help the resistance oppose the invaders.

Producer: Andrew Lau, Gordon Chan
Director: Andrew Lau
Writer(s): Not Available
Cast: Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, Huang Bo, Shawn Yue, Yasuaki Kurata

Release Date: September 23, 2010
Country: Chinese
Distributor: Media Asia Films, Enlight Pictures, Shanghai Film Media Asia, Basic Pictures, Media Asia Distribution, Metrodome Distributio
Official Site: Not Available
Genre: Action
Rating: Not Available
Length: Not Available


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