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Jet Li's Fearless (2006)

Cast: Jet Li, Jet Li, Betty Sun, more...
Director: Ronny Yu, Ronny Yu
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign, Biopics, Hong Kong, Martial Arts
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Fearless opens in Shanghai, China, circa 1910, when wushu master Huo Yuanjia (martial arts superstar Jet Li) prepares to battle one Japanese opponent, Tanaka (Shidou Nakamura) and three American opponents (Anthony de Longis, Jean-Claude Leuyer, and Brandon Rhea) in a massive tournament. The picture then cuts back to Huo's boyhood in the city of Tianjin, in North China, circa 1880, when his father forbids him from engaging in martial arts training. He must therefore slip off and train covertly. Around 1900, Huo -- then in his twenties -- continues to fight in tournaments. His determination is such that his entire life begins to revolve around championships, and the prospect of becoming the top-ranked fighter in Tianjin turns into a die-hard obsession, despite the repeated warnings of his best friend, Nong (Dong Yong) to cut back. Huo ignores these admonitions, then turns conceited and ultimately refuses to hear an additional word of caution, until his arrogance leads to the death of a fighter and Nong's decision to abandon him as a friend. Driven into exile, Huo journeys to southeastern Asia, where he works alongside rice farmers and divests himself of conceit, then gently touches the spirit of a blind girl. When he finally returns to Tianjin, he has transformed, internally, into a different person altogether. A huge hit in Hong Kong when originally released into theaters in 2006, Fearless was often touted as Jet Li's final film in the wushu school of martial arts. The picture is based on the real life story of Huo Yuanjia, founder of the Jingwu school of martial arts. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Well Worth Seeing by CWellman May 18, 2007 - 11:48 AM PDT
"Fearless" is a very well-done martial arts movie with the stunning choreography of other Jet Li movies - at least those filmed in China. The plot and action scenes are very well balanced, so that you neither get bored nor jaded while watching. It is not quite the masterpiece that "Hero" was, but an excellent movie all the same.

See this one before "Hero" if you can by ChefCFP January 15, 2007 - 8:11 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Like many Chinese films (most of which never make it to the States) this film builds/pays homage to the mythology surrounding a great martial arts master and nationalist. It blurs fact and fiction, and the acting is very hammy and most of the characters very superficially drawn but the fighting scenes are a lot of fun. You'll enjoy this more if you see it *before* Hero, which has much better acting performances, is more visually appealing, and better written.

Humility by talltale December 26, 2006 - 4:45 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
One of the best martial arts movies I can recall, JET LI'S FEARLESS ought rather to have been titled his "Humble," but I suppose a word like that wouldn't sell many tickets to the macho male crowd. Still, the fights here are extraordinarily well done, the humility is nearly tactile, and the story is full of heart and promise. If, as he has assured us, this is indeed Mr. Li's swan song to the martial arts genre, he could not have gone out on a higher, more entertaining or uplifting note.

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