Chen Zhen (fictional character)

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Chen Zhen
First appearanceFist of Fury (1972)
Last appearanceLegend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Created byNi Kuang
Portrayed by
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GenderMale
OccupationMartial artist
NationalityChinese
SifuHuo Yuanjia
AffiliationsChin Woo Athletic Association
Martial arts
 
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Chen Zhen
First appearanceFist of Fury (1972)
Last appearanceLegend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Created byNi Kuang
Portrayed by
Information
GenderMale
OccupationMartial artist
NationalityChinese
SifuHuo Yuanjia
AffiliationsChin Woo Athletic Association
Martial arts

Chen Zhen (traditional Chinese: 陳真; simplified Chinese: 陈真; Mandarin Pinyin: Chén Zhēn; Jyutping: Can4 Zan1) is a fictional Chinese martial artist and hero created by Hong Kong writer Ni Kuang. The character first appeared in the 1972 film Fist of Fury and was portrayed by Bruce Lee.

Since 1972, Chen Zhen has become the subject of numerous films and television series, including remakes and adaptations of Fist of Fury. Many notable martial arts film actors have portrayed Chen Zhen on screen after Bruce Lee, including Jet Li and Donnie Yen. Chen Zhen's story varies in the different remakes and adaptations, but almost each has an ending similar to the original Fist of Fury.

The character of Chen Zhen is believed to be based on Liu Zhensheng (劉振聲), a real-life student of Huo Yuanjia, a martial artist who lived in the late Qing Dynasty.[5]

Basic story[edit]

Chen Zhen is depicted as a student of the martial artist Huo Yuanjia, the founder of Chin Woo Athletic Association (also known as Chin Woo School or Jingwu School). After Huo allegedly dies from illness, Chen Zhen discovers that his master was poisoned and the Japanese from a dojo in Hongkou District, Shanghai, are responsible for his master's death. He seeks to bring the murderers to justice and embarks on a quest to avenge Huo and revive his master's legacy, the "Jingwu Spirit".

Character features[edit]

During the premiere of Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen in September 2010, Donnie Yen was asked by reporters on how different his character was in comparison to the earlier versions of Chen Zhen. Yen replied that there were significant differences, and gave his definition of the character — "Chen Zhen is Bruce Lee". He said that the image of Chen Zhen was crafted by Lee in Fist of Fury (1972) and further explained that certain features of his character were inherited from Lee's, such as the white Mao suit worn by Chen Zhen and the use of nunchaku, but still there were differences in movements and overall character design between his Chen Zhen and Lee's. Since Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen pays tribute to Bruce Lee, Yen decided to retain the white Mao suit and the use of nunchaku in the final dojo fight scene, as well as repeating Chen Zhen's famous line, "The Chinese people are not sick men of the east!".[6] Other nods to Lee in the same scene include Yen's use of Lee's trademark vocalisations, as well as a close-up shot of a characteristic "head whip"[clarification needed] after kicking a downed opponent.[citation needed]

Appearances in media[edit]

Note: There are many remakes and sequels that are not possible to be listed here.

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fist of Fury on donnieyen.com
  2. ^ Chen Zhen learns karate during his overseas studies in Japan in Huo Yuanjia (2001)
  3. ^ Huo Yuanjia teaches Chen Zhen the Mizong Fist in most of the adaptations (especially television series). In Fist of Legend, Huo Yuanjia's son Huo Ting'en teaches Chen Zhen the skill.
  4. ^ Chen Zhen uses a nunchaku in Fist of Fury, and many other remakes. In Fist of Legend however, he uses an ordinary leather belt as if it were a nunchaku, rather than the weapon itself.
  5. ^ (Chinese) 陳真和劉振聲 誰是霍元甲的真徒弟?
  6. ^ (Chinese) Donnie Yen: Chen Zhen is Bruce Lee
  7. ^ "LEGEND OF CHEN ZHEN REVIEW". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.yesasia.com/us/1010727994-0-0-0-en/info.html