Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Reviews
Anyone who's seen a martial-arts picture expects a certain amount of thumb-twiddling between the big numbers, but director Andrew Lau's handling of exposition is markedly poor.
The calm, determined presence of Yen (following in the footsteps of Bruce Lee and Jet Li) pulls it all together, with major help from cinematographer-turned-director Andrew Lau Wai-Keung.
Yen has real star power, and the spectacle of him swooshing through the night like Spiderman or Batman is a pleasure that you don't have to feel too terribly guilty about, even as you wish the film made more sense.
Legend of the Fist primarily functions as a rah-rah nationalist fable, and other than the sleek choreography during a WWI prelude and a ferocious finale, it's largely devoid of creative combat.