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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:

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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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

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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Version of Dragon in Fury (2004) 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 finest martial arts film
24 September 2006 | by brentsoffcenterSee all my reviews

Almost flawless, this new release improves on the style and genre in a significant way. The film is presented in a way that the viewer can appreciate it from several perspectives without heavily relying on the genre's standard formulas. We don't have to wade through the typical love triangle, the maniacal drug lord contracting a hit, or the beloved school's instructor being tortured and murdered before the ultimate revenge takes place. This film has a legitimate story line, skillfully presented in a clear and well edited manner.

Although the film was generally concerned with the development of a specific fighting style and philosophy, the audience is also treated to some authenticity of the then Chinese culture and the biography of a Chinese martial arts master. These features seem to give the production a much higher level of credibility than the average martial arts action movie.

Although we did experience some speed editing in fight scenes, it was done in such a way that it enhanced, rather than detracted, from the believability of the film. In "House of Flying Daggers", for example, the ballet and acrobatic like choreography of some of the fight scenes tended to undermine, rather than enhance. If there was any flaw in the fight scenes present, it was minor. This flaw may have been inescapable because of the inherent limitations of the style of the film itself. For example, trivial features such as disconnected striking combinations at the expense of speed editing, or the fact that the Japanese martial artist did not seem to be using a typical Japanese style of fighting. (It appeared to be a combination of Chinese and Korean oriented styles).

This film should, by all rights, reset the bar for the standards of martial arts films from now on. It was simply an outstanding film in every way.


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