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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.

Director:

Ronny Yu

Writers:

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:

Fate Made Him A Warrior, Courage Made Him A Hero 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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Trivia

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. 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

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 »

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

 
Jet Li's paean to martial arts
13 April 2006 | by rmj1971See all my reviews

Make no mistake about it, Fearless is the best straight-ahead martial arts film since Jackie Chan's seminal Drunken Master 2. Director Ronny Yu crams more bone-jarring, well crafted fight scenes into the first forty minutes of this movie than most films can match in their entire runtime. This is a canny move, as it pulls in the viewer via the blurring action before beginning to develop the film's narrative in the middle third. While the story is a well used one (kung-fu bully comes to realise his skills can be used to educate rather than brutalise), it's a perfect structure on which to hang the film's many excellent confrontations. It's obvious that this film is Li's love letter to his Wu Shu background and martial arts in general. In dramatic terms, Fearless never reaches the heights of recent wuxia movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Hero and so is unable to feel truly fulfilling as a great movie per se. It is however up there with Jet Li's very best work in the genre, OUATIC & Fist of Legend for example, and if it is (sadly) true that it is to be his last period martial arts picture, it's a hell of a bang to go out on.


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