Chen Zhen 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.
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“.
Check out a list of Chen Zhen movies in the Chin Woo Filmography page.