• Owen Hughes

    ★★★ Watched by Owen Hughes 24 Jan, 2015

    Continuing my kung-fu film binge recently I wanted to catch up on a few Donnie Yen movies I'd overlooked. I saw this was available, and as I quite enjoy both Jet Li's Fist of Legend and of course Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, I figured I might as well give this a go too.

    It's absolutely bizarre. And I'm not just talking about Yen's 50 Shades of Grey all-leather gimp Kato outfit. The plot seems to be all over the…

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  • Trash City

    ★★★ Watched by Trash City 05 Jan, 2015

    Full review: trashcity.org/BLITZ/BLIT2895.HTM

    If there's more than an echo of Bruce Lee here, with Yen adopting a secret identity that's clearly inspired by Lee's Kato character from The Green Hornet, and there's also a sign referencing the Chinese as being the "sick men of Asia". The latter is no surprise, since the character of Chen Zhen was originally created by Lee for Fist of Fury, which had a similar sign. Mind you, Chen was also played by Jet Li in…

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  • joelhwa

    ★★ Watched by joelhwa 15 Dec, 2010

    4/10: This is somewhat sequel to the original classic Fist of Fury (1972) staring Bruce Lee. Disappointed with this version of Chen Zhen as the filmmakers incorporated superhero element into the movie which makes it very cartoonish. I would recommend watching Jet Li's Fist of Legend (1994) instead.

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  • Andrew Willis

    ★★★ Watched by Andrew Willis 28 Aug, 2011

    his movie opens with a great action / karate scene. It takes place in the early stages of WWI. The Chinese, Japanese, French and Germans are all fighting. The cinematography is wonderful. It will remain so throughout the entire film. The battle rages on and we see a Chinese soldier go down. Another man in his battalion takes matters into his own hands and nearly single handedly wins the battle. You get a feeling that he could have won the…

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  • Espen von Hirsch Kummeneje

    ★★★ Watched by Espen von Hirsch Kummeneje 22 Aug, 2014

    Actually a very well made film overall (direction, photography, cast, etc), it is nevertheless marred by being way too slow throughout, and with underwhelming action scenes. Some of the scenes at the Casablance club drag out way too long, especially near the end. The fight scenes are okay, but Ip Man (for example) is way better in this regard. The intro scene in France is actually the highlight of the entire movie, with ridiculous WW1 parkour kungfu accompanied by equally ridiculous overblown music! The final fight is quite an anticlimax, no matter how much Donnie Yen tries to emulate Bruce Lee.

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  • Michael

    ★★★½ Watched by Michael 30 Apr, 2014

    Very good Hong Kong action film with some brutal fight action, sufficient character development, and a well developed historical background. Fun.

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  • cronic

    ★★★½ Added by cronic

    7/10

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  • Matt Lavender

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Lavender 22 Jul, 2014 4

    More Donnie Yen donnie then. The First World War was bad. Lots of Chinese labourers and shit being blow the fuck up in 1917s France. Donnie Yen is like "be cool bros, we got this" then kills a bunch of German soldiers. Good opening set piece. Then it's Shanghai 1925 at some fancy jazz club. Everyone's loving it. Goddamn I don't know anything about history. Donnie Yen jamming on the piano and playing poker. He's a spy or cop or…

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  • Bri

    ★★★ Watched by Bri 08 Jun, 2014

    Donnie Yen fight scenes are always great, but there was so much filler and long pointless scenes of politics.

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  • Sean Gilman

    ★★★★ Watched by Sean Gilman 13 May, 2014 2

    The best Batman movie of the last 20 years.

    As Fist of Legend (written and directed by Gordon Chan, who wrote and produced this one) built on Fist of Fury by developing, you know, characters, so this sequel builds further by fleshing out and complicating the historical milieu. Beginning with the Chinese experience in World War I, but spending most of the time locating Chen Zhen within the context of the Chinese struggle against Japanese imperialism, both overtly (student and…

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  • Felipe Pinho

    ★★★½ Watched by Felipe Pinho 26 Apr, 2014

    ★★★½ Very Good

    I like Donnie Yen and his performance of Chen Zhen. Chen was firstly portrayed by Bruce Lee, in the Fist of the Fury. In the movie he comeback from the dead, to a Japanese-occupied China, to bring hell and put Japan away from Shanghai.

    Great action scenes, packed with kung fu and karate. Donnie reminds Lee in a lot of ways in this picture, not only in the fighting style but also with his screaming.

    Good movie…

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  • MrJago

    ★★★½ Watched by MrJago 16 Apr, 2014

    It's not really great storytelling wise, but it's very pretty to look at and the fights have an amazingly frenetic feel to them.

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