If you were dying to see Donnie Yen put on the Kato mask and whup some Japanese Imperial ass in pre-WWII Shanghai, you would have found yourself a copy of the movie by now. But for those still holding out hope of seeing the film in its original, uncut, and subtitled form on the big screen in a mall near you, you’re in luck — Variance Films and Well Go USA have teamed up to bring Donnie Yen’s “Legend of the Fist”, the pseudo sequel to Jet Li’s “Fist of Legend”, to Stateside movie screens on April 22, 2011. I reckon the screenings will be limited, so check your local theaters for upcoming showings. Meanwhile, new U.S. poster and trailer for the film below (via Apple).
In 1925, the nation of China is divided by infighting, and Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia. With the city of Shanghai torn in half by international conflict, Club Casablanca has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for what happens to its citizenry. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he’s known as “Qi”, and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Played by Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he’s up to the challenge.
Starring Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, Huang Bo and directed by Andrew Lau.
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