Monday, April 19, 2010

Movie of the Week - Fist of Legend

This week’s movie is Fist of Legend (1994).

The film is about a Chinese martial artist who in 1937 returns to Shanghai, from studying abroad in Japan, to find his teacher has been killed in a duel with a Japanese master and his school harassed by the students of the Japanese master. The film is set against the brewing contempt for the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and China as a whole. The film stars Jet Li and is widely considered his best martial arts film. It is directed by genre veteran Gordon Chan and fight choreography from the legendary Woo-ping Yuen. The story is based on the Bruce Lee film Fist of Fury. What makes the film great is the collaboration between Jet Li and Woo-ping Yuen. The many fight sequences are expansive, emotional and fantastic – they each have their own style and tell the story within each battle. This is a must for any martial arts fan. Check out the trailer.

Fist of Legend [Blu-ray/DVD]

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