Film #183: LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
3.5 out of 5 stars
The great Donnie Yen reprises his role as Chen Zhen from LEGEND OF THE FIST with varied results. The story repeats a LOT of the plot points of its predecessor, but there are long stretches of talky bits mixed with janky montages that make the storytelling seem rushed. The fight - what there is of it - are all choreographed by Yen and are top-flight (especially some early knife fighting sequences). However, narratively, it’s all stuff we’ve seen before. The acting is great (particularly Anthony Wong in a pretty much thankless role) and the set design is beautiful (although a LOT of blatantly CG environments are used). The film is well worth seeing, but just go in knowing that things get yappy and there are far fewer fight scenes than you’d expect from a film of this kind.