First Footage from Donnie Yen’s Legend of Chen Zhen

If these early, kinda fuzzy and dark looking teaser footage from Donnie Yen’s “The Legend of Chen Zhen” (via Twitch) is to be believed, Chen Zhen is apparently a superhero who runs around China kicking Japanese ass during world War II. Hey, makes perfect sense to me. Check it out, check it outers.

While China is traumatized by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Shanghai is the cynosure of all eyes. People see it as both Hell’s Kitchen and Heaven’s Gate. One of the city’s most memorable heroes has to be Chen Zhen, who single-handedly avenges his mentor’s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Hongkou, only to be showered with bullets while making his legendary flying kick. Vanished from the public eye ever since, he has been taken for dead though his body is never found.

Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the notorious mafia boss of the city. This mysterious man is none other than Chen Zhen in disguise who dwells in a world of nefarious means in order to infiltrate the criminal empire. He soon discovers a clandestine collusion between the mafia and the Japanese.

Disguised as a caped crusader at night, Chen sets out to dismantle with his martial arts skill the evil collusion that plagues the country. One of his foremost missions is to ferret out the assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

“Chen Zhen” stars Donnie Yen, and is directed by Andrew Lau. Gordan Chan is handling producing duties. The film is due out in Hong Kong later this year.

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