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Fist Of Legend [DVD]

Jet Li , Shinobu Nakayama , Gordon Chan    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Chow, Yasuaki Kurata
  • Directors: Gordon Chan
  • Writers: Gordon Chan, Kwong Kim Yip
  • Producers: Jet Li, Chui Yin Lam
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jet Li stars in Fist of Legend, a 1994 remake of The Chinese Connection (also known as Fists of Fury, which starred the greatest martial arts legend of them all, Bruce Lee). This film is set in 1937, when Shanghai was occupied by the Japanese and racial tensions were high. Jet Li is Chen Zhen, who returns to Shanghai to avenge the death of his master, whom he learns was poisoned. His popular freestyle fighting technique and Japanese girlfriend do not endear him to his former friend, now his master's successor at the martial arts school.

If Jackie Chan is inspired by Buster Keaton, Li seems to be channelling Steve McQueen here. He speaks softly and carries a big kick, and like Steven Seagal, even when he is under siege by a horde of attackers, no one can lay a finger on him. The dialogue and dubbing are atrocious, but the fight sequences are incredible (they were choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, who lent his expertise to The Matrix). Perhaps most memorable is a bout between Chen and his girlfriend's uncle during which the combatants wear blindfolds. This is essential viewing for martial arts buffs and Li's growing legion of fans. --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com

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Jet Li stars in this remake of the 1972 Bruce Lee classic 'Fist of Fury'. Set in Shanghai at the beginning of the twentieth century, it tells of the attempts made by a young martial arts student, Chen Zhen (Li), to avenge the death of his master. Hailed by many as a contemporary Kung Fu masterpiece, the film features the martial arts choreography of Yuen Woo Ping, the man who would later design the fight sequences for 'The Matrix' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a stunning film that is directed with such originality and skill that every actor and aspect of the film is something to be treasurred.
Jet Li plays Chen Zen, a young Chinese man with brilliant martial arts skill that is sent to Japan to study by his teacher in order to learn as much as he can of the new world. The film is set before World War 2 and tensions between the Japanese and Chinese are high.
After discovering that his teacher has fought in a duel with a Japanese fighter and was killed during the battle Chen Zen returns to his martial arts school intending to investigate his Master's death. Not willing to believe that his Master was killed so easily Chen challenges the Japanese fighter that killed his Master that is not before he takes on a whole schoolful of Japanese martial artists and wipes the floor with them. Upon defeating the Japanese fighter easily Chen demands an aultopsy be commited on his Master's corpse, he discovers that his Master was poisened prior to the duel and that his death was due to the poisoning. Then, after he is framed and rescued by the Japanese woman that he fell in love with whilst in Japan, Chen finds that his loyalties between his love and his fellow students are tested while his has the fight of his life against an invincible Japanese General played by the unforgetable Billy Chou.
Fist of Legend hosts some of the most fantastic and edge of your seat fight scenes ever filmed as well as a good story and script that see's rivalry; friendship; and conflict between Chen Zen and his Masters's son whom is played by Chin Sui Ho(who is renowned for his portrail in the Yuen Woo Ping Martial Art epic Tai Chi Master-also called in the West Twin Warriors).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality film spoiled by naff dubbing. 30 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The only problem with this DVD title is its lack of options - no language option being its major let down, leaving you only with a dubbed version in ridiculous american accents, missing and changing original dialogue and script to make it easier to understand for the general(American)market. There isn't any other special features for this 'jet li collection' edition which in turn is rather dissapointing and frankly not worth its price tag. Though, strangely, none of these points are brought to our attention before buying this film however. The film itself however, is top quality - Jet Li showing a great number of skills (although, admmitedly slightly enhanced by speeded up film to make a point of this being a Bruce Lee re-make (Fist Of Fury) showing phenominal speed and precision in 0ne-hit-punches, not to mention wires for super-human movement and balance)and by far Jet Li's best acting to date. Highly reckomended for any Jet Li and respectivly Kung-Fu fanatic for the wikid fight scenes although let down by its lame and unchangable english dubbed version and its pathetic lack of extras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 29 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Definately the best martial arts film I have ever seen. Miles better than the Bruce Lee film it was based on (Fist of Fury). The fact it takes place around World War II is more apparent (makes the film more interesting) and the Japanese are not as villanised as much as in the 1972 original. For example Jet Li's character (Chen Zen) has a Japanese girlfriend and both karate masters are 'honorable' compared to the evil Japanese general. The action is directed by Yuen Woo Ping of 'Drunken Master', 'OUATIC 2' 'Matrix' and 'Crouching Tiger..' fame and he betters them all in terms of fight sequences (I thought the action in the Matrix was very overated and nothing new). There is minimal use of wires, even though I do not mind their use in some films. The fights are very realistic. Li employs a western boxing/kung fu hybrid in some scenes which is cool. The recreation of the infamous 'Fist of Fury' nunchaku fight with Jet Li wielding a belt has to be seen to be believed. Would definately recommend this, and also 'Tai Chi Master' and 'OUATIC 2' also with Jet Li and directed by Yuen Woo Ping, although these film use far more wire work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't others make martial arts look so good 23 Sep 2002
Format:DVD
One of the best martial arts films I have ever seen, this takes me right back to the times I used to sit amazed watching Bruce Lee movies as a kid(in fact this is based on Fist of Fury).
The action is amazing, the style is superb, the fighting is fast paced and frequent. This film is a difficult film to compare against, as it leaves you filled with adrenalin after every fight. You will actually believe the main character Chen (Jet Li) is as hard as nails, or even the late Bruce Lee.
A must see for any action film fan and well worth purchasing, the only shame is that it is only available in a dubbed format as the subtitled version had a lot more subtle humour which has been lost in translation, ho hum I guess it can't be perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remake of an already excellent film 19 April 2006
Format:DVD
Fist of legend is a sumptuous and well made film with brutal martial arts action mixed with an action packed story of honour, betrayal and retribution. This film has some of the most brutal and literally bone crunching depictions of joint manipulation ever put onto celluloid, not to mention the standard fair of kicking and punching fun. The film follows roughly the same story arch as the original Bruce Lee classic, but unlike its predecessor the Japanese and Chinese protagonists are depicted in a more three dimensional fashion with both sides having a mix of 'good' and 'bad'. Furthermore, the art of filming fight sequences has come a long way since Bruce's time and you can literally feel the teeth jarring impact of each blow. This is an excellent contribution to the martial arts genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great remake of a "Classic"
Really enjoyed this movie, don't usually like movie remakes but this had everything!
I loved the scene when "Chen" goes to the dojo to confront the Japanese about the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fist of Legend [DVD]
This is suppose to be one of the best kung fu films ever made, yes i totalle enjoyed it and its a lot better than Fist of Fury i personally think, but then thats just my opinion,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by andypuddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li at his Ass Kicking best
Fist of legend is a kind of remake of the Bruce Lee classic "Fist of Fury" I say Kind of for a good reason wheres in the original the Japanese are most definitely the bad... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stu
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific film
fist of legend is the follow up to fist of fury and for me is just as good.ok jet li hasnt got the flair or the speed of bruce but seriously i could watch this film all the... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by T. A. J. Leahy
2.0 out of 5 stars Fist Of Legend (Jet Li)
Fist Of Legend [DVD] [1994]

A deacent film, but not a patch on Jet Li's earlier works (Shaolin Temple, Kids From Shaolin, Martial Arts Of Shaolin, & the Once Upon a Time... Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Chockobo
5.0 out of 5 stars CHEN ZEN, FROM JING-WU?!
This film was absolutley mind-blowing. I have watched it at least twenty times and it still never gets boring. Read more
Published on 15 April 2007 by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet's best work.
to me, this is Jet Li's best film, loosely based around Bruce Lee's film, Fist Of Fury, it has a similar story, but it's not identical, in fact, where it not for the fact that... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2007 by Mr. D. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet's Best Movie
A remake of Bruce Lee's 'Fist of Fury', this film actually surpases the original. I mean no disrespect to Bruce Lee's memory when I say that, but the original was obviously shot on... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2005 by C. Watterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce v's Jet?
Fantastic fight scenes - superb skills from all the martial artists in the film.
Much more watchable than most of Lee's films - or at least the fist of fury. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2004 by Stu
5.0 out of 5 stars FISTS OV MAYHEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AFTER WATCHING ALL JET LI'S HOLLYWOOD FILMS FIRST, THIS WAS ABIT STRANGE WATCHING HIM IN A DUBBED FILM. BUT AFTER U GET OVER HIS CAMP VOICE THEN THIS IS LI AT HIS BEST! Read more
Published on 4 July 2004 by "paulkearns5"
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