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
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'.