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Fist of Legend
To avenge his masters death, He'll fight like never before!
Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in fact military occupation- after reading about the death of his kung-fu master Hou Ting-An in a fight against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa.
"Aren't we fighting?"
"Only animals fight."
Remember that scene in Lethal Weapon 4 where Mel Gibson is shocked at how Jet Li is able to take his gun away from him and dissemble it while he's holding it? This film is sort of like that, only put me in Gibson's place, and instead of taking a gun apart, Jet Li takes people apart for an hour and a half. Some of the fight footage is aided by being sped up, but even when it isn't, he moves so fast it's practically a special effect.
Also, the film is aided by having a bad guy so EVIL that during the climactic martial arts duel he (Spoiler) kills a tree by kicking it in half and carries on fighting like it ain't no thing.
Really loved the earnestness of this film.
Loved the fight between Jet Li and the older Japanese master and their exchange of dialogue afterwards, wonderful respect for each other.
The last fight is brutal!
The end fight in this is like China's Rocky IV.
Jet Li is amazing here, it must have been intimidating to remake a Bruce Lee movie.
Rocks don't hold grudges
The belt is mightier than the Katana.
"Fist of Legend" sees Jet Li play Chen Zhen, a character originally brought to life by Bruce Lee and later on also played by Donnie Yen.
Chen Zhen returns to his native Shangai that is under Japanese military occupation at the time. He's out to avenge the death of his Kung Fu master in a fair fight and no one is up to the task. Neither giving him a real fight as an equal opponent nor a fair one. Ass kicking ensues.
"Fist of Legend" features the typical patriotic story chinese movies always tend to have when they're set during the second sino-japanese war. It's not as over the top as in "Legend…
Plot? Pah! Who needs plot when you have Jet Li twisting arms into bows?
This is a deeply stupid movie.
Some decent fights though.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Aunque como en infinidad de otras películas donde Japón aparece como el enemigo absoluto del pueblo chino, en Fist of Legend, varios de los personajes japoneses son utilizados para construir una realidad mucho más compleja en torno al personaje principal de Chen Zhen (Jet Li), el interés amoroso de Zhen es japonesa y su padre, con quien Zhen combate en determinado momento, se opone a las prácticas fascistas del ejercito de ocupación japonés y reivindica las enseñanzas del bushido.
El personaje de Zhen en esta versión es menos confrontacional que el interpretara Bruce Lee en su momento. En si misma la película es menos confrontacional desdel punto de vista político. Aunque las rencillas entre sistemas de pelea es parte del…
Jet Li doing what he does best in this tenet of 90's Hong Kong martial arts cinema.
Its the attitude of a Bruce Lee film, but a whole lot less one one punch knock outs, and hell of a lot more bone breaking, and melodrama (if thats even possible). The Japan, Chinese relations are a back drop, but they're perfectly implemented one. It gives the whole story more weight knowing the where these characters are coming from. But the show stopper is the action, and the actions is ace. Its just a solid piece of kung fu filmmaking.
Jet Li does all of Keanu's stuff from The Matrix and makes it look better.
bruce lee no it is jet li
This made me want to watch more Jet Li films. Some excellent fight scenes and he is so intense in the fighting it reminded me of Bruce Li.
Solid Kung-fu movie. Not a complex story, and at times the translation makes some of it a little goofy, but the stunt work is ridiculous (there's a good two minute fight where both fighters are blindfolded, and it's awesome).
A bit of trivia: In this movie, Jet Li plays the student of the guy he plays in Fearless.
I haven't seen the Bruce Lee original, so I don't know how good this film is in terms of adapting the source material, but on its own, it is a great martial arts film. Jet Li gives a good performance, the story is epic, and the martial arts choreography is beautiful. "Fist of Legend" is one of Li's best films.
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Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…