Donnie Yen’s Legend of the Fist gets distributor

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Donnie Yen in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Donnie Yen in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Well Go USA announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, starring Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Seven Swords, Hero). The film was directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain), who also co-produced the film and served as a cinematographer alongside his frequent partner Ng Man-Ching.

“Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a another key acquisition for us as we continue to build our library of important Asian films for the US market,” said Well Go’s Doris Pfardrescher. “The legend of Chen Zen has a long history in Hong Kong cinema and with Donnie Yen becoming as big a star in America as he is in Asia, we anticipate a lot of fan interest in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.”

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen begins seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, when a mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is disguised Chen Zhen, and intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

‘Legend of the Fist’ also stars Qi Shu, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Yasuaki Kurata, Shawn Yue, Karl Dominik, Bo Huang, Ryu Kohata, Siyan Huo, Jiajia Chen, Zhou Yang and Shi Feng.

Previously, the character of Chen Zen has been played a number of iconic martial arts superstars including the legendary Bruce Lee, in Fists of Fury, and Jet Li, in Fist of Legend.

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen will make it’s world premiere as one of the opening night films at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September. The film was also selected as the Special Presentation selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Well Go is planning a North American theatrical for the film in late Spring 2011.

Check out a recent trailer for Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO56WBQ3e50