Donnie Yen Kicks More Japanese Ass in Chen Zhen

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Donnie Yen kicking ass on film is always cause for celebration. Yen may have been mired in some really awful vanity projects in his early Hong Kong film career, but he’s on a major streak of box office success (both domestically and internationally) in recent years, putting out some really good action projects like “Sha Po Lang” (or “Killzone” as it’s known internationally) and “Flash Point”. His latest was the period actioner “Ip Man”, another movie about a Chinese man battling Japanese occupation in China. Following “Ip Man”, Yen is set to star in “Chen Zhen”, where he will once again tangle with those Imperialist bastards.

In “Chen Zhen”, Yen will play a local resistance fighter in 1920s Shanghai. His character is believed dead after a bloody skirmish, only to resurface seven years later, just in time to uncover a plot involving the Chinese triads and the Japanese. Update: As noted in the comments section by reader Erick, the character “Chen Zhen” was also played by Jet Li in the 1994 actioner “Fist of Legend”, a movie I consider to be Jet Li’s best martial arts movie of all time. It was also the character first played by Bruce Lee in 1972’s “Fist of Fury”, the ending of which had Chen Zhen believed shot by the Japanese. Given the plot of Yen’s “Chen Zhen”, it certainly looks like this is a sequel to Lee’s “Fist of Fury”.

The film will be directed by Andrew Lau Wai-keung (“Infernal Affairs”), with Yen serving as star and action director.

Joining Yen will be the ubiquitous Anthony Wong and the lovely Shu Qi (below), who Western audiences may remember as the damsel in distress in the first “Transporter” movie. Gordon Chan wrote the script for Hong Kong’s Media Asia and China’s Shanghai Film Group.

Filming on the period action movie has begun, and will continue until February of 2010.

Updated: The full International title seems to be “The Legend of Chen Zhen”, which should save whoever ends up buying the movie the trouble of changing the title, as International buyers are wont to do when it comes to Hong Kong martial arts movie titles.

Shhhh. Don't disturb her. She's dreaming of me.

Shhhh. Don't disturb her. She's dreaming of me.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Love me some Donnie Yen. Anyone know when Ip Man comes out on DVD or if it has in the states yet?

  • Dedpool

    Love me some Donnie Yen. Anyone know when Ip Man comes out on DVD or if it has in the states yet?

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    dreaming of you? nah it’s me because she whispered my name.

    And Donnie Yen is sick!:)

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    dreaming of you? nah it’s me because she whispered my name.

    And Donnie Yen is sick!:)

  • erick

    I think we’re going to end up in a world where between Donnie Yen and Jet Li, they’ll have portrayed every folk hero in Chinese history. Yen already played Chen Zhen when he starred in the soap-opera version of “Fists of Fury,” and the plot description of this project makes it sound like a continuation of the “Fist of Legend” story, sort-of.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I want to see them go at it in a flick. I mean what we got in “Hero” was a tease. This would be an awesome fight. And if not at least gimmie a team up.

      • Erick

        They also mixed it up in “Once Upon A Time In China II” but it was a pole fight match. It’d be great to see the two of them go for it like Li and Jackie Chan in “Forbidden Kingdom.”

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          That’s exactly what I’m talking about. I would soooo watch that fight. Come on HONG KONG!!!!

  • erick

    I think we’re going to end up in a world where between Donnie Yen and Jet Li, they’ll have portrayed every folk hero in Chinese history. Yen already played Chen Zhen when he starred in the soap-opera version of “Fists of Fury,” and the plot description of this project makes it sound like a continuation of the “Fist of Legend” story, sort-of.

    • Dedpool

      I want to see them go at it in a flick. I mean what we got in “Hero” was a tease. This would be an awesome fight. And if not at least gimmie a team up.

      • Erick

        They also mixed it up in “Once Upon A Time In China II” but it was a pole fight match. It’d be great to see the two of them go for it like Li and Jackie Chan in “Forbidden Kingdom.”

        • Dedpool

          That’s exactly what I’m talking about. I would soooo watch that fight. Come on HONG KONG!!!!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Good catch, guys. I forgot that Jet Li also played the same character in “Fist of Legend”…

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    Good catch, guys. I forgot that Jet Li also played the same character in “Fist of Legend”…

  • http://www.myspace.com/recklessyouthdivision Ryder

    hahaha yea donnie yen is the man and the only choice to follow up a bruce lee movie considering how much quality martial arts product hes putting out there ya know, oh and the chick in the pic is napping cause i just kissed her on the cheek before i left for work and shes got an afterglow from the night we spent together

  • http://www.myspace.com/recklessyouthdivision Ryder

    hahaha yea donnie yen is the man and the only choice to follow up a bruce lee movie considering how much quality martial arts product hes putting out there ya know, oh and the chick in the pic is napping cause i just kissed her on the cheek before i left for work and shes got an afterglow from the night we spent together