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 LoveFilm.com.  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!

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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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