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Fearless -- Yuen Woo Ping (famed fight choreographer for The Grandmaster, Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Matrix) directs this martial arts masterpiece.
Fearless -- This film tells the story of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). Huo Yuanjia was the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

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Director:
Writers:
Chris Chow (written by)
Richard Epcar (dubbed version)
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Release Date:
22 September 2006 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself makes you fearless." - Lao Tzu See more »
Plot:
A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Huo Yuanjia
Betty Sun ... Moon (as Li Sun)
Yong Dong ... Nong Jinsun
Yun Qu ... Grandma
Xu Ailing ... Jade

Collin Chou ... Yuanjia's Father

Hee Ching Paw ... Yuanjia's Mother

Nathan Jones ... Hercules O'Brien

Shidô Nakamura ... Anno Tanaka

Brandon Rhea ... Belgian Fighter

Anthony De Longis ... Spanish Swordman

Jean Claude Leuyer ... English Boxer
Zhi-Hui Chen ... Master Chin

Jacky Heung ... Master Chin's Godson
Zhigang Zhao ... Zhou's Father

Masato Harada ... Mita
Jon T. Benn ... American Businessman
John Paisley ... English Businessman
Graeme Ford ... English Businessman

Samantha Buck ... Journalist

Mike Leeder ... Fight Referee
Jun Li ... Judge
Jason C. Lin ... Presenter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Mallow ... Nong Jinsun (voice: English version)
Somrak Khamsing ... Muaythai (uncredited)
Ian Powers ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Michelle Yeoh ... Miss Yang (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronny Yu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Chow  written by
Richard Epcar  dubbed version
Chi-long To  (as Christine To)

Produced by
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Philip Lee .... associate producer
Jet Li .... producer
Er-Dong Liu .... line producer
Buting Yang .... producer
Ronny Yu .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shigeru Umebayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Hang-Sang Poon  (as Poon Hang Sang)
 
Film Editing by
Virginia Katz 
Richard Learoyd 
 
Casting by
Mike Leeder 
Ean Tang 
 
Production Design by
Kenneth Mak 
 
Art Direction by
Zhanjia Yang 
 
Costume Design by
Thomas Chong 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects artist
Pingjie Peng .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tekin Cetinkaya .... production coordinator
Helen Li .... production manager
Zara Park .... post-production supervisor (as Zara Roberts)
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chiu Wah Lee .... first assistant director
Sean Xiao Liu .... second assistant director
Woo-ping Yuen .... assistant director (as Yuen Wo Ping)
 
Art Department
Zhanjia Yang .... key art designer
 
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
William R. Dean .... sound effects editor
Jon DeStefano .... assistant sound designer
John Dunn .... adr editor
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Jay Nierenberg .... sound designer
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound designer
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor (as Steve Robinson)
Anthony Roza .... assistant sound editor
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist
Solange S. Schwalbe .... supervising foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... foley editor (as Don Warner)
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound effects editor (as Bryan O. Watkins)
Richard E. Yawn .... sound designer
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor
Po Yan Chan .... compositor
Neil Greenberg .... visual effects editor
Jesse Ho .... animator
Mark Joey Tang .... visual effects (as Joey Tang)
Victor Wong .... visual effects supervisor
Yak Hong Yung .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Ju Kun .... stunt double: Jet Li
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wai-keung Wong .... lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Paul Ming Tak Lee .... animator
 
Casting Department
Tekin Cetinkaya .... extras casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Michael G. England .... first assistant editor
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Skip Kimball .... digital film colorist
Quan Lin .... second assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Ian Slater .... first assistant editor
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
Adrian Kays .... trailer editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sachiko Miyano .... orchestrator
Shigeru Umebayashi .... conductor
Tadashi Yatabe .... music programmer
Avital Korin .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roy Hin Yeung Chow .... assistant: producer
Winston Emano .... publicist
Richard Epcar .... voice director: English version
Flax Glor .... publicist
Caroline Keichian .... assistant to director
Jason C. Lin .... assistant: Jet Li
Maria Lo Orzel .... creative consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Stanley J. Orzel .... creative consultant
Stephanie Pan Ying .... production coordinator
Bobby White .... interpreter
Woo-ping Yuen .... action choreographer (as Yuen Wo Ping)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michelle Yeoh .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Huo Yuanjia" - China (original title)
"Jet Li's Fearless" - USA (complete title)
"Legend of a Fighter" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Spirit" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout (cut)
Runtime:
104 min | Hong Kong:141 min (Director's cut) | Thailand:111 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During filming when Nathan Jones was to pick up one of the extras and toss him to the floor, Jones got too into the spirit and the extra ended up going to the hospital with cracked ribs.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the beginning of the movie, Anno Tanaka is shown wearing his blue robe, then the white vomit-stained robe, which does not appear until the end of the movie, then the blue robe again.See more »
Quotes:
Moon:because, "If you're sad", my Grandma told me "then cry", "After you cry, you still have to live life"See more »
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62 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Fearless, 26 January 2006
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The first Jet Li movie which I watched as a little boy, was his Shaolin Temple. Jet next shot to fame and prominence with the various Chinese folk heroes that he played in the late 80s and 90s, like Wong Fei Hong, Fong Sai Yuk, Zhang San Feng, and even taking on Bruce Lee's Chen Zhen role in a Fist of Fury remake called Fist of Legend. In Fearless, he plays martial arts master Huo Yuanjia / Fok Yuen Gaap, whom I presume most who are familiar with Fist of Fury, will know who this chap is.

Like Fong Sai Yuk, Jet's portrayal of Huo Yuanjia starts off like Fong, who initially is a cocky person, proud of his skills, but nothing interests him more than the challenge in the ring. He's uninterested in politics (at that time China was being "invaded" by shiploads of foreigners), and adopts a whole host of disciples who prove to be his downfall.

Also like Fong, we see Huo reeling from his carefree days, get into some serious soul searching, before returning for the finale. But Huo returns a more calm and measured person, setting up the famous Jing Wu Sports Federation, and taking on a whole host of foreign fighters to inspire his countrymen that they are not the "sick men of the east".

As this is much touted as Jet Li's final martial arts film, it's plain obvious of the messages he wished to use this platform to spread. Scattered throughout the film are various martial arts, and probably life philosophy on themes like respect and responsibility, that violence isn't the means to an end. Somehow you forgive the fact that it's so blatant, and it seemed to work well into the plot and narrative, given that Huo's mission in setting up Jing Wu, is for that purpose to, to "spread the word" so to speak. From his early days of Chinese battling Chinese for the "Number 1 pugilist" title, Huo learnt that instead of fighting each other, they should unite in the face of new and external threats, but yet to remember not to neglect the home front, which he personally experienced from tragedy.

But no, the kungfu doesn't suffer from those messages though. In probably one of the most violent Jet Li movies (it's rated NC-16 here, and no cuts detected, except for the absence of Michelle Yeoh's scenes which ended up on the cutting room floor), with bone crunching and blood spewing - you might think that Tony Jaa's acting in it. And director Ronny Yu takes his time to showcase many of Li's moves, be it plain martial arts moves with the fists, with the various weapons used, or Yuen Wo Ping's jazzed up wire work for some of Huo's fights.

And there are many fights which will keep the action fans happy. Though the much touted ones shown ad nausem in trailers against the foreign legion, seemed a bit short in the final product. The filmmakers did keep one awesome fight scene under wraps though, and that is between Huo and nemesis Mister Chin in a teahouse - wreaking tables, chairs, flipping around pillars, navigating through different floors, and ending up in the wine cellar.

It's probably a fitting end to signal Jet's departure from the martial arts movie scene, with the portrayal of Huo given the known circumstances of what happened to the character. Though there are various interpretations, the essence is retained well in the movie. It is inevitable, and there is no Chen Zhen character to distract the audience from what is essentially a showcase movie for Jet Li.

(P.S. I still can't figure out how Michelle Yeoh would have played out in the movie, and no disrespect to her, I thought it worked well, except perhaps for the unnecessary lengthy middle where Huo was searching for himself)

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