Chen Zhen, first brought to life by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury, is not only a cultural hero and symbol of Chinese strength and pride, but a character who redefined Chinese martial arts cinema, propelling it to its Golden Age.
Now Donnie Yen (one of the greatest martial artists of his generation), who first portrayed Chen in a 1995 television series, returns to the role in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhe, the latest film by director Andrew Lau.
The film circulated major film festivals in 2010 (including TIFF and Cannes) but now Variance Films and Well Go USA have teamed up to bring the pseudo sequel to Jet Li’s Fist of Legend, to Stateside movie screens on April 22, 2011. With that comes a new U.S. poster and trailer for the film below.
Official Plot Synopsis:
In 1925, the nation of China is divided by infighting, and Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia. With the city of Shanghai torn in half by international conflict, Club 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 citizenry. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who 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 “Qi”, 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 (Played by 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.