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(2006)

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In the movie, Jet Li uses the Jian (Chinese straight sword), Sanjiegun (Three section staff), Dao (Chinese Broad sword), and the Qiang (Chinese spear).
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.
Anthony De Longis gave Jet Li a genuine Spanish sword the day after filming was finished.
Nathan Jones took a fall badly during filming and almost lost several teeth. He refused medical attention and kept filming.
Shidô Nakamura does not speak Mandarin, but he needed to in the film, so he found a tutor, even though the director told him to just memorize and recite the sounds. He also tried watching TV channels in Shanghai, but it wasn't a week later until one of the film crew noticed that he was watching a Cantonese channel, which of course, speaks Cantonese, not Mandarin.
Nathan Jones is so large (he is 6' 10"), and the beds in Chinese hotels so small, he had to fit three beds together.
Brandon Rhea insisted that the long stick weapon, known as "mao", be equipped with a proper sharp point, else it'll look strange. He demonstrated his accuracy by having one of the extras hold a stack of newspaper three meters away from him. He did one lunge and thrust the point straight through the middle of the stack. Even Woo-Ping Yuen was impressed.
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Huo Yuanjia is portrayed as having no surviving offspring after the murder of his daughter. In fact, he has been followed by seven grandchildren and, as of 2006, eleven great-grandchildren.
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With "Fearless (2006)", Jet Li has now been filmed as all of the "big three" amongst the historical martial artists in Qing Dynasty (1645-1911) China, whose exploits has been novelized and dramatized many times. They are Fong Sai Yuk (c.1700s) in the "_Fong Sai Yuk_" series, Huo Yuanjia (1868-1910) in "Fearless (2006)", and Wong Fei Hung (1847-1924) in the "Once Upon a Time in China (1991)" "series.
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Michelle Yeoh had in a small role which was cut to ease the film's running time from over two hours down to a more audience-friendly 106 minutes.
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The lotus pond scene was filmed in a lake two hours out of Shanghai, and that lake had no lotus. Over 200 lotus plants was air shipped from Hang Chow to ensure they will flower during filming.
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Several moves planned by Woo-Ping Yuen for Jet Li were deleted by Li for aesthetic and cultural reasons, including cheek slap, and back-of-head slap. Li felt that those moves were too impolite to Westerners.
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Huo Yuanjia, the founder of the Jin Wu School, was the deceased master that Chen Zhen, also played by Jet Li, seeks to avenge in "Fist of Legend (1994)."
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Nathan Jones, in order to keep his physique, eats six meals a day, gulps down mineral water by the liter, and does 150 push-ups whenever he gets a break.
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The character played by Brandon Rhea in the film, was based upon a German military attaché who was based in China at the turn of the 20th Century and had a background in German fencing and weapons techniques.
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Brandon Rhea fainted during one of the takes. Apparently the costume he wore was a bit too restricting.
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The characters of Referee Randall and Bell Boy Dante are Director Ronny Yu's take on both the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from "Hamlet" who observe the goings on, as well as a reference to Kevin Smith's characters in "Clerks" and "Clerks 2"
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Anthony De Longis and Jet Li broke at least six swords during their sword fight just for the first take.
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Li Sun was scared by the leeches in the rice paddy. She originally tried to wrap her feet in cellophane, but it showed on camera. Director Ronny Yu had to order her to take it off.
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The makers of the film agreed to title it 'Legend Of A Fighter', until Casting Director Mike Leeder informed them that a film already existed under that name. Coincidentally, not only would the films have shared the same Chinese and English titles, they were action-directed by Woo-Ping Yuen (also directing the 1982 film). Yuen had previously been unaware of the 1982 film's English title.
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