LEGEND OF THE FIST
Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher’s death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese. Written by Kokken Tor
LEGEND OF THE FIST; IS kind of an odd movie. It’s made in China, by Chinese, and features opening news reel shots of the Chinese fighting the Japanese and the Germans in World War I. And the Chinese were sent in without weapons and without training. And you know, it was really awful. And it turns out that there was one guy who kind of rose to the front and guided his troops and got them home safely. And his name was Chen. And it turns out, he then goes and works for kind of a corrupt night club owner in Shanghai who runs the Casablanca and there is a beautiful singer there and this is all this stuff of superhero movies in the United States, except he’s Chinese and he becomes the masked warrior. And I kind of liked this because it kind of is a Chinese slant, that’s kind of a pun isn’t it, on American superheroes. And I thought it really worked, except for the very, very end, which didn’t work particularly. But some serious Kung Fu and some incredibly balletic moments. So I would give this a three and a half.