The Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury — or The Chinese Connection, for those of you who remember — recently received a proper sequel after nearly 4 decades. The 2010 film Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, starring Donnie Yen as Lee’s replacement, will have its limited theatrical release in North America next month. Some of you might be wondering why Zhen is rocking the Kato costume, but don’t worry, there’s a reason for it aside from giving a nod to Lee who, as you should know, played the Hornet’s masked sidekick on the original TV series.
It should be noted that the film is a direct sequel to the original, taking place immediately after the first film and before the second world war. The 1994 remake First of Legend, starring Jet Li, had the film taking place during the second world war, in a village being occupied by Japanese forces. Needless to say, that would have made Yen’s film a prequel and thus a time paradox would ensue. The sequel is based around a plot by the Japanese to incite a civil war in order to aid the impending invasion. The trailer looks pretty impressive, so I hope we won’t be disappointed when it hits US theaters next month.
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