2019 / 76m - China
Fist of Legend poster


February 24, 2022


A remake of the respected Jet Li classic. It's never been my favorite Jet Li film, certainly not when looking at all the other Hong Kong martial arts films he made during the early 90s. I'm certainly not really surprised to see a Chinese remake of this title, as it harbors a very nationalistic message.

Chen Zhen is sent to Japan to learn from his enemies. Once there, he sees the Japanese are cracking down on Chinese dojos and a masked man is standing up for their honor. At first, the Japanese assume Zhen is the masked fighter, but someone else is pretending to be from Zhen's school.

The dub is a little off-putting and the drama doesn't work too well, luckily, the action scenes are pretty impressive. Tiger Xu is no Jet Li, but the apt camera work and slick editing really add some power to the fights. It's nice and short too, making this a pretty solid though somewhat forgettable upgrade of Li's classic.