Last time we seen Chen he was running from the school at the authorities and being gunned down as the film closed. Assumed dead for three decades we now learn he not only survived but became a James Bond style agent for China.
This fall Media Asia released a sequel to Fist of Fury titled Legend of the Fist: the Return of Chen Zhen and it readies for its debut here in the States this spring. Staring Donnie Yen and directed by Andrew Lau the story works without moving into a ridiculous excuse for a reason to smear a legendary character’s name all over a franchise. The film would work with or without the Chen Zhen attachment, but it give the character history that fans can appreciate.
While not only bringing to life Bruce Lee’s legendary role they also use his image of Kato as homage to disguise Zhen throughout the movie. Younger movie goers without the appreation for classics may compare it to the Black Mask not knowing where its imagery was drawn from.
This is not Donnie Yen’s first trip into playing Lee’s character fictitiously or biographically. In1995 he portrayed Chen Zhen, but he also played Yip Man, Lee’s teacher in mentor.