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Donnie Yen’s Latest Movie: “Legend of the First: The Return of Chen Zhen”

2010 October 3
by oureverydaythings

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I always look forward to my ‘movie date’ with my hubby! It’s a special time when we get to go out and enjoy our time together as a couple, without the kids in tow.

[We find time to watch movies when BOTH kids are at school]

This time round, we went to see Donnie Yen’s latest movie, The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen’!

I don’t know about you but since his Ip Man movies, I got to know who Donnie Yen is and began to LOVE Donnie Yen and his martial arts! It’s just so cool!

He portrayed the character really really well, I think!

[Click HERE to read about Donnie's own take on martial arts and the philosophy behind it]

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Anyway, I had my movie date a few days ago and watched this movie! (Huge thanks to omy.sg for the tickets!!)

But before I share what I personally think of it, let me first share with you the official synopsis of the movie.

Here it is:

While China is traumatized by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Shanghai is the cynosure of all eyes.  People see it as both Hell’s Kitchen and Heaven’s Gate.  One of the city’s most memorable heroes has to be Chen Zhen, who single-handedly avenges his mentor’s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Honkou, only to be showered with bullets while making his legendary flying kick.  Vanished from the public eye ever since, he has taken for dead though his body is never found.

Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the notorious mafia boss of the city.  This mysterious man is none other then Chen Zhen in disguise who dwells in a world of nefarious means in order to infiltrate the criminal empire.  He soon discovers a clandestine collusion between the mafia and the Japanese.

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Disguised as a caped crusader at night, Chen sets out to dismantle with his martial arts skill the evil collusion that plaques the country.  One of his foremost missions is to ferret out the assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

While China is traumatized by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Shanghai is the cynosure of all eyes.  People see it as both Hell’s Kitchen and Heaven’s Gate.  One of the city’s most memorable heroes has to be Chen Zhen, who single-handedly avenges his mentor’s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Honkou, only to be showered with bullets while making his legendary flying kick.  Vanished from the public eye ever since, he has taken for dead though his body is never found.

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Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the notorious mafia boss of the city.  This mysterious man is none other then Chen Zhen in disguise who dwells in a world of nefarious means in order to infiltrate the criminal empire.  He soon discovers a clandestine collusion between the mafia and the Japanese.

Disguised as a caped crusader at night, Chen sets out to dismantle with his martial arts skill the evil collusion that plaques the country.  One of his foremost missions is to ferret out the assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

And here’s one of the official movie trailers you should see too:

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Click HERE to watch the above clip.

So, what do I think of the movie?

It’s more like a mix between a superhero and a secret agent movie. It’s action packed and you’ll get to see Chen Zhen leaping, kicking, punching and defeating like, 30 people at the same time!

(And you’ll get to see Donnie Yen looking all charming and heroic, as usual :) )

I love the beginning part too where they show how it was like during war, how the men looked after each other as brothers, how they fought against the enemies in the end together, etc.

I can’t help but compare this movie with Ip Man though.

And if I were to choose between Ip Man and Chen Zhen, I’d still go with the Ip Man character, because the fighting scenes were somehow less gory and bloody. Ip Man’s storyline was better too, in my opinion.

BUT.

This is a completely different movie to Ip Man, and Donnie Yen played a completely different character! So I know I can’t make a direct comparison like that.

Anyway, if you’re into Donnie Yen, and all things martial arts, GO AND WATCH this movie!

Because whether or not you like the whole storyline in the end, I’m  sure you’ll really enjoy Donnie Yen’s kungfu moves and all!

Happy movie-watching, everyone!

[note: photos in this post were taken off the internet]

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