Well Go USA announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, starring Hong Kong’s biggest action star Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Seven Swords, Hero). The film was directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain), who also co-produced the film and served as a cinematographer alongside his frequent partner Ng Man-Ching. Gordon Chan co-wrote and co-produced the film, with John Chong serving as an executive producer and Donnie Yen as fight choreographer. The film is a co-production between Hong Kong film distributor Media Asia Films, Lau's production company Basic Pictures, and Chinese film producer Enlight Pictures.
“Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a another key acquisition for us as we continue to build our library of important Asian films for the US market,” said Well Go President, Doris Pfardrescher. “The legend of Chen Zen has a long history in Hong Kong cinema and with Donnie Yen becoming as big a star in America as he is in Asia, we anticipate a lot of fan interest in Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.”
“Doris Pfardrescher’s enthusiasm for Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and its star, Donnie Yen, has been unparalleled,” said Fred Tsui, Assistant General Manager, Media Asia. “We are thrilled that Media Asia and Well Go can work together on this blockbuster and are convinced that with Well Go’s extensive distribution network and knowhow, this film can reach the largest audience base possible in North America.”
Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, a mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.
Previously, the character of Chen Zen has been played by the legendary Bruce Lee in Fists of Fury and Jet Li in Fist of Legend, among others.
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen will make it’s world premiere as one of the opening night films at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September. The film was also selected as the Special Presentation selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. Well Go is planning the North American theatrical debut of Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen in late Spring 2011.