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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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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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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Trivia

With "Fearless (2006)", Jet Li has now been filmed as all of the "big three" among 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. See more »

Goofs

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

Huo Yuan Jia: Poison works very quickly. It has worked its way to my heart... Zhensheng, promise me you won't seek revenge. Revenge will only bring us more bloodshed. Please, that's not what I want. We must strive to become triumphant... Nong Jinsun, I only understand wushu. I practiced for many years to understand what Wushu is, what is wushu's real purpose. The competition must continue. One cannot choose how one's life begins. It takes courage to finish the final step.
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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 »


Soundtracks

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

 
An exceptional martial arts movie
30 April 2006 | by hkswordmanSee all my reviews

This is an exciting, beautiful, exceptional martial arts movie that cements Jet Li's superlative contribution to kung-fu cinema. It is absolutely filled with stirring martial arts and gloriously made, with eye-filling cinematography. Although the story is simple, it is heart-felt and effective. It's hard to understand how anyone who could call this boring, unless they are so jaded and cynical that their review would be useless in any case. This film is a great accompaniment to Jet's Shaolin Temple series, Once Upon a Time in China films, Fist of Legend, and Hero, and an absolute must-see for anyone who enjoyed those films.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese | English

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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