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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector's Edition) Blu-Ray Review

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector's Edition) Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: 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. 

Combining the best of today's martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past (and a healthy dose 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.

Review: The title of this film kind of indicates that its a sequel..this isn't actually the case.   Legend of the Fist stars martial arts great Donnie Yen in the lead.  This film is full of historical drama and fantastic fight scenes.  I was a bit disturbed to find a lot of wires used, rather than old school choreography, since Yen himself has spoken out against wires, but what can you do, right?    This film is great, full of action and looks amazing in high-definition.

The bonus features include: Behind The Scenes, Cast and Crew Interviews, Trailers and Optional English Dub.

Interest Range: Action/ Adventure