Fist Bump: The Return of Chen Zen Struggles to Live Up to Its Pedigree


Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Directed by Andrew Lau
Variance Films
Opens April 22, Angelika

Chen Zhen, a Chinese film folk-hero whose vocation is bucking off the yoke of Japanese imperialism, has a legendary pedigree: Bruce Lee originated the role (Fist of Fury, 1973); Jet Li honorably revived it (Fist of Legend, 1994). Less famously, Zhen was played by Donnie Yen in a 1995 ATV series. Since then, Yen, a legendary fight choreographer and actor (who bears a passing resemblance to Tiger Woods), has become a leading man in his own right. Most familiar to U.S. audiences from his Ip Man films, Yen again plays China’s patron stud here, standing up against international bullies. After single-handedly winning World War I in a false hope-inspiring prologue, Zhen returns to ’20s Shanghai, a set that looks at once opulent and cheap, to hang around the Casablanca Club in a white tux and romance ever-soused chanteuse Kiki (Shu Qi), while organizing resistance activity on the sly. Anyone who’s seen a martial-arts picture expects a certain amount of thumb-twiddling between the big numbers, but director Andrew Lau’s handling of exposition is markedly poor, distended with rubbish plotlines, flashy sadism, and overwrought jingo. With Yen’s henchmen enemies flying aside in flocks, as if shot from a pneumatic cannon, even the few-and-far-apart fights prove muddled affairs, barely worth the YouTube cherry-picking.

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I mean really your tell us that the fight suck to a You tube level? Rewatch it.

This guys is going to ruin movies by giving bad comments to good movies. I'll alright it ended was over done. and it feels like that they wanted to jam a Bruce Lee style into a Donnie Yen style. But the beginning and middle was really well done and you can't say it was bad because the it was high impacked and strong story line.

When I watch it I feel like I can do those super humen movies that I can look up to.

It sounds like you got a closed minded white washed american wrighting this.


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