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Fearless (2006)

Huo yuanjia (original title)
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A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

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Ronny Yu

Writers:

Chris Chow, Richard Epcar (dubbed version) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Huo Yuanjia
Li Sun ... Moon
Yong Dong Yong Dong ... Nong Jinsun
Yun Qu Yun Qu ... Grandma
Ailing Xu Ailing Xu ... 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 Zhi-Hui Chen ... Master Chin
Jacky Heung ... Master Chin's Godson
Zhigang Zhao Zhigang Zhao ... Zhou's Father
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Storyline

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future ... Written by Rogue Pictures

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Taglines:

"Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself makes you fearless." - Lao Tzu See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jet Li's Fearless See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,564,000, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$24,633,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,072,848
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brandon Rhea fainted during one of the takes. Apparently the costume he wore was a bit too restricting. See more »

Goofs

When young Huo is practicing breaking the stone table there is a towel on the stone. After showing Jinsun, the towel is no longer there and Huo is hitting bare stone. See more »

Quotes

Anno Tanaka: Since there's no superiority or inferiority in Wushu, why still have competition?
Huo Yuan Jia: I believe that there's no superiority or inferiority in Wushu. Just the distinction of practitioners with different levels of ability. Through the competition we can discover this and meet the true self. Because indeed the antagonist is namely ourself. Only through competition, can one recognise one's true self.
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Alternate Versions

The American PG-13 version is cut for violence. All of the shots of graphic bone-breaking are edited or shortened and the amount of blood is reduced (such as when Huo kills his family's murderer or when a fighter coughs up a lot of blood at the end at the climactic battle). See more »

Connections

Version of Legend of Huo Yuan Jia (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Huo Yuanjia
Composed and Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
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User Reviews

 
One of the best films of its genre
17 June 2006 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

This movie has it all: a good story, based on real history; very good imagery and soundtrack; nice fighting scenes; last, but not least, a moral.

Jet Li plays a very important character in Chinese history, one that made Chinese people feel proud in a time when all their traditions were torn up by the interaction with the West. One can interpret the message of the movie in many ways. It is a movie about conquering yourself, about the meaning of honor and what it really means to be respected. Jet Li's character evolves from basically a glorified bully to the founder of a true Martial Arts competition based on respect of people and of fighting art. It is also a movie about how industry screws up... everything, really.

I personally feel that the film had enough material to be turned into a mini-series. The time from his personal tragedy to his realizing the meaning of his father's words it's very short and could have been expanded.

In conclusion, this is a great movie of Jet Li's and it's not only for martial arts lovers. I feel that his last "block busters" were meaningless violence films. Fearless is obviously NOT one of these movies. Enjoy.


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