Fist of Legend (1994)

I like Gordon Chan films and Fist of Legend is no exception.  Normally I am not a fan of remakes (Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury) but Fist of Legend is amazing!  Action choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping, Produced and staring Jet Li!  I enjoy the Chen Zhen stories, and for a fictional character he has almost achieved a Folk Hero status. See the bottom of this post for a list of all Chen Zhen films and tv series.

If you have seen Fist of Fury then you will already know the story, however I think that Fist of Legend is the best homage out of all the Chen Zhen stories (that I have seen so far).  I rented the copy I watched from  I’m ashamed to say I’ve not gotten around to purchasing this film yet. Fist of Legend is one of those action films that you just must see!

Ni Kuang really created a legendary story with Chen Zhen.  I’ve not seen another film have so many remakes and tv shows that was not originally a novel or a folk hero.


Gordon Chan Ka-Seung, Director, Script
Yuen Wo-Ping, Action Director
Yuen Shun-Yi, Action Director
Yuen Cheung-Yan, Action Director
Ku Huen-Chiu, Action Director
Lam Kee-To, Script
Kim Yip Kwong-Kim, Script

Jet Li (Fong Sai Yuk, Black Mask, League of Gods) as Chen Zhen, Producer
Chin Siu-ho (Ten Tigers of Kwantung, Masked Avengers, The Lost Bladesman) as Huo Ting-en, Head of Jingwu School and best friend of Chen Zhen
Yasuaki Kurata (Heroes of the East ,  Samurai, Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono) as Fumio Funakochi
Shinobu Nakayama (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II) as Mitsuko Yamada
Billy Chow Bei-Lei (Once Upon a Time in China IV, Iron Monkey 2, New Shaolin Temple) as General Fujita
Jackson Lou as Ryōichi Akutagawa (as Lou Hsueh-hsien)
Paul Chun (Famous Swordsman Tin Kiu, The Water Margin, The 14 Amazons) as Uncle Nong Jinsun
Toshimichi Takahashi as Japanese ambassador
Yuen Cheung-yan (One-Armed Swordsman, The Web of Death, The Grandmaster) as Captain Police Inspector Jie
Ada Choi as Xiao-hong / Su-lan / Rose
Wong San (The Twin Swords, The Kung Fu Warrior, The Bride with White Hair 2) as Uncle Kan – Jingwu cook

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List of Chen Zhen Movies‡ and TV series*

  • Fist of Fury (1972)‡
  • New Fist of Fury (1976)‡
  • The Legendary Fok (1981)*
  • The Fist (1982)*
  • Fist of Legend (1994)‡
  • Fist of Fury (1995)*
  • Chen Zhen (2001)*
  • Huo Yuanjia (2001)*
  • Jingwu Yingxiong Chen Zhen (2001)*
  • Hero Youngster (2004)‡
  • Huo Yuanjia (2008)*
  • Jingwu Chen Zhen (2008)*
  • Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)‡

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