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Updated!! Donnie Yen in LEGEND OF THE FIST trailer looks awesome!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... with a really killer trailer for the latest Donnie Yen badassery, LEGEND OF THE FIST - which is getting a limited release in April!   In particular - it does me proud to see the FANTASTIC FEST logo in on this trailer as well as AICN and former-AICN team player Devin "the madman" Faraci.    There's a sequence that kicks off this trailer that once you see - will guarantee your ass in a seat.   It has mine.   I want to see this...  yesterday!    So cool looking.    


The trailer is up over at APPLE - where they announced the iPad2 today - which must be coming soon to my house.   Because - it's just so cool!

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  • March 2, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Cool trailer!


    LEGEND OF THE FIST trailer that I went nuts over on the upcoming BluRay of THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

  • March 2, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    iPad 2

    by LetTheWookieWin

    2 I right?!

  • March 2, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    And Shu Qi!!!!!!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    OMG, she is the HOTTEST WOMAN ALIVE! Fuck yes.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Just saw "Flash Point" a few days ago...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...Not a great Donnie Yen movie, but still pretty damned awesome. He rocks.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Is this related to "Black Mask"?

    by Autodidact

    I can't be bothered to look into it.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    That trailer...

    by WriteForTheEdit


  • March 2, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Good trailer - but Is their

    by marineboy

  • Purleeeeaaaase :)

  • March 2, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    that trailer rocked.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    No relation to Black Mask

    by kiaikick

    Auto, this isn't related to that film. It's the continuing adventures of Chen Zhen, the character played by Bruce Lee in Fists of Fury (Chinese Connection and by Jet Li in the remake Fist of Legend.) Harry, I'll be reviewing this one soon. I think you will quite enjoy it. Donnie Yen's on an incredible run right now that has shot him (finally) into the upper echelon of asian martial arts stars where Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa reside (Until Tony had his meltdown).

  • March 2, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Tony had a melt down details please.

    by Phategod100

  • March 2, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Tony's meltdown.

    by kiaikick

    Here's an excerpt from my review of Ong Bak 2 (apologies if this steps on anyone's toes, Harry. This just lets me cut and paste!) "This is also the film that may have ended his career. It’s well publicized that he had a nervous breakdown during the filming and disappeared for several weeks during production. He was running well over budget and the film was running late. He tearfully made his appearance on a radio station to discuss what happened, and Baa Ram Ewe brought in his Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew to help edit and finish directing the film. There was so much footage that they shot additional scenes and split the film into two parts. Nevertheless, the damage to Jaa appears to have been done, and it’s easy to see why. Jaa wanted to direct his own films like his idol Jackie Chan, but Jackie cut his teeth behind the camera for years before he stepped in front of it, and did so when there were no expectations of him. Jaa had to be under immense pressure to top his other films, and after watching the fight scenes, it had to be too much, to balance that, the budget, the studio’s demands, and his own lofty standards. Jaa joined the monkhood, and who knows when he will return? It may be a year, two years, ten years. We may have seen the last of Jaa. I hope that’s not the case, but for now we have to consider him lost to cinema history—until he comes back."

  • March 2, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    looks AWESOME!!

    by antonphd

  • March 2, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    My eyes... just came... out of my head!

    by The Krypton Kid

    Must... see!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Just watched it again, and I peed my pants alittle...

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 2, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    We're releasing this starting April 22nd...

    by VarianceMFFilms

    ...along with the good people at Well Go USA. And I want to remind everyone that, just like we did for IP MAN 2, we are releasing the ORIGINAL Hong Kong version of the film, undubbed and subtitled, with the bone-crushing violence completely intact, not a single frame cut or out of place, and no rap music dubbed in anywhere. Folks showed up for Ip Man 2, and as long as they do, we're going to keep bringing the best Asian action films to US theaters. You could import a DVD, but trust me- you haven't seen these movies until you've seen them on a thirty-foot screen with 12,000 watts of Dolby Digital 7.1 sound ripping your eardrums out of your head. So please- show up, because these are so much fun to work on that we want to keep doing them, and doing them better- with the ultimate goal being releasing them the same day they come out in Hong Kong.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    What, is everybody 12 years old?

    by SmokingRobot

    Seriously. That's just ridiculous.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet and The Fist?

    by robert0

    The character of The Fist looks a lot like Kato from the Green Hornet. Any connection there?

  • March 2, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Hey Kiaikick

    by VarianceMFFilms

    Did you ever see the HORRIBLE one where Jackie Chan sort-of played Chen Zhen? It was called New Fist Of Fury, it's from 1976. Chan was only 21, and they REALLY wanted him to be the next Bruce Lee- so much that they changed his name to Sing Lung, which literally means "Becoming the Dragon". Same producer as Fist of Fury/Chinese Connection, but really just insanely bad Brucespolitation. Chan plays a kid who meets Chen Zhen's fiance and somehow becomes his heir apparent. It's awful.

  • There are better Donnie Yen films out there.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I saw it... It was Meh.

    by mistergreen

    Fight scenes were good but a confusing movie over all. The masked super hero thing was silly. Donnie hasn't made a good movie since IP man 1 and Dragon tiger gate.

  • the rest is pretty boring unfortunately. Even the end fight I can hardly remember.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Fuck the green hornet!

    by Father

    Cant wait to see this!

  • March 2, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by kiaikick

    That was all Lo Wei's idea, and along with a few more films it all tanked for him, but that was the best thing for Jackie, since Lo basically said "screw it" and let Jackie do what he wanted to since he only had a few more films in his contract before he could be released. Thus he got loaned out to do Snake in Eagle's Shadow and then Drunken Master. So embarassing failure turns into mindnumbing success for Jackie. For Lo Wei, not so much.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Sequel to Yen's remake of FIST OF FURY...

    by Monkey_King

    where Chen Zhen doesn't get killed by a firing squad and more. Original title is LEGEND OF FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN

  • March 2, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by 2007

    better bring the story because this film destroys it in terms of everything else.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    ...why is he dressed like Kato?

    by Mike_D

  • March 2, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    it fucking sucks

    by sith_rising

    take my word for it. the poor man's Fist of Legend. sorry Bruce and Jet, Donnie dropped the ball on the Huo Yuen Jia/Chen Zhen saga.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by kiaikick

    Hey Variance, I had some further questions about your HK theatrical releases in regards to screenings. If you type my name into any search engine, you'll easily find my website Kiai-Kick!. Of course the invite is for all, fellow talkbackers, but could you leave me a way to contact you?

  • March 2, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by VarianceMFFilms

    Anyone and everyone can reach us by shouting at us on Twitter @variancefilms or shooting us an email to info at Should warn you in advance, we curse a lot.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by VarianceMFFilms

    That's 100% correct, and the full title for the US release remains LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN. That Donnie Yen series (from 1995) ran thirty episodes, and isn't bad, either, if you can get your hands on it. It's called FIST OF FURY, and it sprung up out of the popularity of Jet Li's FIST OF LEGEND from 1994, which I still think is one of his best (and was Yuen Woo-Ping's intro to the Wachowski Brothers who eventually hired him on Matrix, as a side note).

  • March 2, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Come on Variance...

    by Harry Weinstein

    Show the Mid-Atlantic region some love this time. I'd have gone to see IP MAN 2 if it wasn't a multi-day affair to get to the theater and back home.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Variance!

    by kiaikick

  • March 2, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Got to be kidding if this is news.

    by WX1

    Was at the Hawaii International Film Festival last Fall. Avail' on Hong Kong DVD (not bootleg) already.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Hmm, that trailer is actually better than the film...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    It's a good movie, but don't go in expecting a full on kung-fu film that most early reviews might suggest it is. That was my problem and I was sorely disappointed. The opening sequence is grand, however the quick cutting style overshadows the few brilliant moments featured in it - it is also too short. Unfortunately, that can be said about the rest of the action scenes through out the movie. Everything slows down a lot through the middle as well, leaving you wanting more. The story is good, if a little confusing, and it does a good job of keeping you interested by the constant sense of it all building up to big action sequences (and to finally see Donnie Yen kick some serious ass) but it never really comes to fruition. There is a bigger fight at the end and even that is a pretty forgettable - evidently so as I can barely remember it. I took a friend to see this as he hadn't been into Donnie Yen yet and early reviews suggested this had all the staples of a classic Donnie Yen kung-fu film... but alas, it is definitely not! I went home and got out Ip Man 2 which I hadn't seen and it blows Legend of the Fist out of the water I'm afraid. Should have shown my mate those 2 films instead! Yen is still awesome and the movie IS good, but that trailer and the early reviews will have you think it's among Yen's best but it most certainly is NOT.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry Apple can suck it...Android is where the parties at...

    by Toruk_Makto

  • March 2, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Harry Weinstein...

    by VarianceMFFilms

    We're not done with Ip Man 2 yet, have no fear. Alas, the way this works is that people have to keep coming in order for new theaters to come on board, and as we've gotten into smaller cities and the south the grosses have dropped a bit. But we'll keep pressing to any theater that will have us- if you have a local theater that plays cool indie films (and REAL indie theaters are best, not Landmarks or such), give them a shout, ask for the manager, and let them know there's a crowd for Ip 2. You'd be surprised how well that can work.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I believe I'll check this out...

    by Toruk_Makto

    seeing as how I enjoyed Yen's work in Ip Man.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

  • March 3, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by gabbygall

    at least the version I saw the other week was.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST


    by gabbygall

    at least the version I saw last week was.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:47 a.m. CST

    trailer is way better than film

    by SirBiatchReturns

    porkchop is dead on

  • March 3, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Seen it, and...

    by Valaquen

    Can't touch Ip Man. Fight scenes are great, but the plot [evil Japanese vs oppressed Chinese] has been done in Ip Man, Fist of Fury [to which this is a loose sequel] and practically every Chinese martial arts film ever. It's certainly good, but not great, and not as action-orientated as you might think. Saying that, Donnie Yen fights like a bastard and is a charming leading man. But his greatest film this ain't.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Those 30 seconds were better than all of Green Hornet

    by ahdvd

    Get them to make a propper Green Hornet.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    A decent movie...

    by Bruce Leroy

    Not great. The film starts out with an incredible action scene but after that the movie just stops. That last days, Curt Cobain movie is an action flick compared to that middle section of Legend of the Fist. When things finally start to move again, it all sort of ends with a sizzle. Very disappointing.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    A decent movie...

    by Bruce Leroy

    Not great. The film starts out with an incredible action scene but after that the movie just stops. That last days, Curt Cobain movie is an action flick compared to that middle section of Legend of the Fist. When things finally start to move again, it all sort of ends with a sizzle. Very disappointing.

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  • Still, while this may not be "Iron Monkey," it'll be better than "Iron Monkey 2" which I paid good money to see...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Actually I meant a sequel

    by Han Cholo

    Plus having Tim Curry as Hook was awesome. Was perfect as Hook's voice.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Shit, wrong Talkback

    by Han Cholo

    My bad.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    These Kung-fu films are way better...

    by Ray_Tango

  • March 4, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    smokingrobot is an idiot

    by reise reise

    Do you also complain about all these stupid PG-13 Hollywood superhero movies being ridiculous (e.g., Batman, X-Men, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc., etc., etc.?