Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is not supposed to be a good movie.
For that matter, it’s not even supposed to be a good Donnie Yen movie.
Given the often times mercurial range in overall quality throughout Mr. Yen’s film career, I’ll leave it up to you to interpret that statement however you like.
Though it supposedly features the golden kung fu-to-xenophobia ratio that seems to be working so well for Hong Kong films these days; I’ve honestly yet to find a review that makes it sound to be anything more than average at best.
This, my friends; represents one of those few instances wherein the Azn Badger casts aside his particularly, uh, particular standards for film purchases, and concedes to the will of his inner fanboy.
“It’s Donnie Yen. It’s new. It’s a sequel to a Bruce Lee movie than in no way required a sequel. I’m buying it.”
Bear in mind, I may be a Donnie Yen fan, but I don’t go about buying his shittier movies indiscriminately.
I didn’t bite for The Twins Effect.
I certainly didn’t bite for An Empress and the Warriors.
I did bite for 14 Blades, but only because of Donnie Yen’s pimpin’ facial hair in it.
If it’s worth anything towards salvaging what little reputation I have, please note that I purchased the DVD version of The Return of Chen Zhen, as opposed to the Blu Ray.
Hey, HD is fuckin’ amazing, but there’s no way my inner Azn would allow me to spend that kind of money, much less on something that is very likely pure ass.
Moving on, The Return of Chen Zhen represents an odd case of a movie being made (in this case a sequel) that no one asked for.
Meant to act as a sequel of sorts to Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury/Jet Li’s Fist of Legend/Donnie Yen’s Fist of Fury TV show, Return of Chen Zhen follows the exploits of and, dare I say; return, of fictional Huo Yuanjia disciple, Chen Zhen.
I honestly don’t know the plot of the film, but I’m sure it involves those sneaky Japs being, well, sneaky and Japanese.
It’s a strange feeling, anticipating feelings of joy at the sight of a little Chinese man beating the ever-loving shit out of your own people…
Being as The Return of Chen Zhen is in fact a Chinese film, I anticipate little to no historical accuracy to be apparent in the film’s plot or characterization.
Never mind that Chen Zhen was shot 50 bajillion times at the end of Fist of Fury…
Oh well, it’s a Chinese movie, and we all know Chinese heroes don’t die until they’re damn well ready to.
Anyway, I honestly don’t have anything else to say about this one.
Hopefully it’ll be better than I’ve read, though I did hear rumors that Donnie Yen made frequent, and visible use of stunt doubles in the film, to the point in which it’s kind of hurt his reputation.
It’s never a good thing when the star of the film, a man that can’t act worth shit and is really only good for hitting people; starts relying on others to do the hitting for him.
Anyway, expect a review of this one once I get my hands on it.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below: