Fist of Legend1994


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In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.


Gordon Chan


Gordon Chan (screenplay), Lan Kay Toa (screenplay), and 2 more credits »


Jet Li, Shinobu Na


Credited cast:
Jet Li ...
Shinobu Nakayama Shinobu Nakayama ...
Siu-hou Chin Siu-hou Chin ...
Hou Ting-An (as Chin Siu Ho)
Billy Chow Billy Chow ...
General Fujita (Supreme Killer) (as Billy Chau)
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Fuimo Funakoshi
Paul Chun Paul Chun ...
Uncle Noh (as Paul Chiang)
Ada Choi Ada Choi ...
Cheung-Yan Yuen Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Captain Jie
Toshimichi Takahashi Toshimichi Takahashi ...
Japanese Ambassador
Carol Tam Carol Tam ...
Jackson Liu Jackson Liu ...
Ryuichi Akutagawa (as Lou Hsueh Hsien)
Sun Wong Sun Wong ...
Man Biu Lee Man Biu Lee ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Britton Shaun Britton ...
English Gentleman at dock
Tai Woh Dang Tai Woh Dang ...


Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in fact military occupation- after reading about the death of his kung-fu master Hou Ting-An in a fight against the Japanese champion Ryuichi Akutagawa. While overcoming suspicion and ambition within the kungfu school, Chen exhumes his master to prove Hou's defeat was the result of poisoning. Both nationalities make the case a test of honor, so Chinese and Japanese pride are at stake when it culminates in Chen's final epic duel against the ruthless, undefeated Japanese general Fujita. Written by KGF Vissers  
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Plot Keywords:

Martial Arts | Kung Fu | Abuse | Slashed In The Throat | Murder  | See more »


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong martial arts violence. See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Hong Kong


English | Japanese | Cantonese

Release Date:

22 December 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jet Li es el mejor luchador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eastern Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


103 min  | Germany: 98 min

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even the plots are different, the premise of this movie; about the 5th disciple of Master Huo Yuanjia who returns to China after the master's death to avenge him and uncover the circumstances of his murder, is also the premise for Fist of Fury, starring Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen. See more »


Continuity: When Chen Zen flips one of the Niguchi students while his fingers are in the student's mouth, he seems to be doing it with his right hand. But when the student falls, it seems Chen did it with his left hand, although he wipes his right hand on his clothes. See more »


Fumio Funakoshi: Why don't you show me what you've learned
Chen Zhen: [Picks up rock and breaks it into pieces] It's about the energy. About focusing on a single point in time.
Fumio Funakoshi: So, it's about energy. But tell me something, does a rock have as much energy as an opponent would?
[Slices a leaf floating in air with hand]
Fumio Funakoshi: You need a more powerful stroke when you're fighting a human being.
Chen Zhen: Let's see how I can put it into action.
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Referenced in The Fanimatrix: Run Program (2003) See more »

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User Reviews

The perfect remake of the classic "Chinese Connection"
9 February 2006 | by tiger86-2 (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews
"Fist of Legend" is a great movie. Really great. Jet Li plays Chen Zhen, a character played by Bruce Lee in "Chinese Connection", and he does it perfect. Bruce Lee's Chen is a character filled with anger, hate and wish for revenge. Jet Li's Chen is much different. He is cold blooded, there is no anger in him. The difference between Jet Li and Bruce Lee is the same as the difference between "Fist of Legend" and "Chinese Connection". Bruce Lee's character hates Japan and everything Japanese. Jet Li's Chen wishes his revenge but he respects Japanese culture and there isn't hate. If "Chinese Connection" is a movie of the hate and the anger, "Fist of Legend" is a movie of the peace and the respect.

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