If you were on the fence about whether or not to see Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, watching the clip below will cost you 12 bucks. Opening limited this weekend, the epic Hong Kong action film starring the legendary Donnie Yen is about a thought-to-be-dead World War I hero who assumes another’s identity and ends up becoming a masked vigilante. Having seen the film at last year’s Fantastic Fest, I’ll say that it’s most certainly fun, but never reaches its true potential. Actually, the scene that’s embedded below, from the beginning of the movie, is the highlight. Read More »

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From Andrew Lau, the director of Infernal Affairs (which was remade into Best Picture winner The Departed), comes a brand new martial epic starring the legendary Donnie Yen. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is set to open April 22 and features pretty much anything you’d want in a martial arts film: huge battles and fast action wrapped around a period war story about mistaken identity and national pride. Read a mini-review of the film, the plot synopsis and, of course, see the brand new trailer after the jump. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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