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China Central Television (CCTV) aired our first brief glimpse to Andrew Lau-directed/Gordon Chan-produced martial arts film The Legend of Chen Zhen, giving us some idea on the action set-pieces from lead actor/action director Donnie Yen.  I initially caught wind of this video at the Filmsmash forum and someone mention its The Green Hornet, Blood Brothers and Assembly all rolled into one.  Yep, I couldn't agree more.
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.
The theatrical release date in Hong Kong is on October 1st.  You'll find the preview footage embedded below.
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CuttermaranFebruary 21, 2010 3:00 PM

WoW! Uber-Hammer Footage!

universalsilenceFebruary 21, 2010 5:37 PM

That was......weird..... Don't know of any other way to describe it. Kind of feels like Black Mask as well....

Agent WaxFebruary 21, 2010 9:55 PM

Wait... 'The Legend of Chen Zhen'? Oh. For a moment there I thought it was the trailer for 'District 13: Shanghai'.

xinoFebruary 22, 2010 5:01 AM

this looks like a mess, but Donnie Yen doing those acrobatic moves looks sick:) When he did that flying kick reminds me of Jet Li's Black Mask/Bruce Lee's Green Honet.

Finger cross for this movie to turn out sweet and sick!

ImprovisationFebruary 22, 2010 10:32 AM

Jesus, too dark and muddy, awful trailer. That could have been any asshole, Donnie yen is too good to be obscured in footage like that.

Al YoungFebruary 22, 2010 12:59 PM

You can adjust the brightness on the video by following the link below and clicking on the clock wheel icon underneath the screen. A window with the brightness controls should pop-up.

DooKFebruary 22, 2010 7:25 PM

I really like the look of the footage for some reason. Despite the "The Green Hornet/Blood Brothers/Assembly" comment (haha, didn't expect so much sarcasm from some people but that's alright), I think it would be fitting for a fighting character like Chen Zhen oppressing the mob and the Japanese in chaotic surroundings of bombings, shootings, mafia wars, Japanese fighters and love-dedicated women. Will wait for the trailers to come for any further judgment.

Al YoungFebruary 22, 2010 8:06 PM

Just to clarify, the comparison comment wasn't meant to be taken as a put down or sarcasm. I mention it because I think this really hit the nail on the head on how it looks. The footage certainly have me wanting to see more.

DooKFebruary 22, 2010 9:11 PM

Good that, clarified.