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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

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Chris Chow, Richard Epcar (dubbed version) | 1 more credit »
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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:

Take destiny by the fist. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$877,607 (Hong Kong), 3 February 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,590,244, 24 September 2006, Wide Release

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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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

The stains under Huo's mouth change when he's at the table during the fight with Tanaka. See more »

Quotes

Huo Yuan Jia: [after Zhao Jian tore his shirt] Pussy claw?
Zhao Jian: It's Tiger Claw!
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Alternate Versions

The Thailand theatrical special version added a fight scene between Huo Yuanjia (Li) and a Thai boxer called Bei Cha (portrayed by Somluck Kamsing). See more »

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Version of Huo Yuan Jia (2001) See more »

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Huo Yuanjia
Composed and Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
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Jet Li's best film in years!
7 February 2006 | by zxantosdragonSee all my reviews

Let's get to the point. This is Jet Li's best movie in years. Not because of the fight scenes, but because the plot is engaging throughout and the emotional tension of the movie works, even though it was a bit tangled with a bit of preach.

The plot is simple. I think everyone here knows about it, so I won't spent time talking too much about it. Jet Li plays Huo Yuan Jia, an arrogant young man that has no regard for human life so to speak, and in one brash move, he indirectly caused the death of his family. He journey to a remote village to learn humility. This is probably the weakest part of the film. Mainly because a large part of it was cut out from the theatrical release. Huo had a few dialogues with Betty Sun, who played a blind girl. Their relationship was very underdeveloped. And Huo's return to Shanghai to fight was with brevity, and hardly explained. He returns to Shanghai and defends his country's honor.

I thought Jet Li did a great job acting both as the arrogant man and as the wiser wushu master. But people of course, came to see Jet Li fight. And to me, the earlier fight scenes are good, but have too much computer effects and slow motion. Still, it was refreshing to see Jet Li return to using Chinese Kung Fu.

The best fight scenes in the movie are definitely the battle between Huo and Nathan Jones, the hulking giant and the weapons fight between the Japanese Samurai and Jet Li using the sword against the three sectional staff. The ending was very emotional, and it was refreshing to see a different take unlike most endings of old Jet Li movies.

The movie could have been better of course, but I was very satisfied with it, both the plot and the action sequences.

9/10


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