Considered to be Hong Kong’s top action star, Donnie Yen was inspired by his idol, Bruce Lee, to explore a wide variety of different fighting styles, from Western Kickboxing to Drunken Tai Chi. Eventually Yen also created his own unique martial arts system and was successful in including mixed martial arts into his action choreography in various films, a feat most other action directors have been unsuccessful at accomplishing so far. In the 2010 film Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Yen once again acts as the fighter choreographer, for this film, and here he includes just about everything he can including Jeet Kune Do (as a tribute to Bruce Lee, who played Chen Zhen in the 1972 film Fist of Fury), and MMA coupled with the utilization of Wing Chun. He’s without a doubt my favourite action star working today, and you’ll understand why after watching the video below.
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Legendary Kung Fu hero Chen Zhen is an iconic cultural mainstay in China and Hong Kong, having spawned both record-breaking feature films and a TV series. Martial arts legends Bruce Lee and Jet Li have played the popular hero, and now, Donnie Yen continues this rich historical legacy, but with a brand new take on the urban legend. With acclaimed director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) combining the best of today’s martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past, Legend of the Fist is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they’ve never seen before.