Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)

Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)

Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)
Lot of talk in certain circles about ‘Fearless’. It’s produced by William Kong who brought this brand of martial art film into Western mainstream with ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and is said to be Jet Li’s final fight film. Though those pesky critics have been negatively inclined.

The story is based real-life Chinese fighting hero Huo Yuan Jia (1868-1910), who "took back the lost pride and glory of the Chinese from the influential western powers and the growing Japanese reign in the early 20th century". After the murder of his family, Yuanjia (Li) is coerced back to the ring, to partake in a tournament of the world’s greatest fighters.
125 minsHong Kong, USAJapanese, Mandarin with English subtitles
Martial Arts
Director:
Ronny Yu ('Freddy vs. Jason', 'Bride of Chucky')
Writer:
Chris Chow
Cast:
Jet LiYong DongShido NakamuraCollin ChouNathan JonesHee Ching Paw
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Reviews & comments

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Witty choreography juices the pedestrian plot of "Fearless," an earnest and technically accomplished biopic in which action star Jet Li flexes his limited dramatic muscles to portray kung fu master Huo Yuanjia...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Jet Li is becoming an A-list Asian martial arts superstar who has currency both for Chinese audiences and in Hollywood's Anglophone world, and his stock price will be further advanced by this robustly made, brash, sentimental and entertaining picture set in early 20th-century China and based on the true-life legend of patriot fighter-hero Huo Yuanjia...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Despite Li's high-flying efforts and the the lightly CGI-assisted fight choreography of Woo-ping Yuen, it's simply not very good...

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite impressive, CG-light action sequences and an absorbing story which certainly stands another re-telling, director Ronny Yu barely elevates this above the level of a direct-to-video fightfest. Hero or Crouching Tiger it ain't...

2.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Fearless is a bland, crassly directed martial arts epic that strives for the serenity of Yimou Zhang but looks more like a tatty historical theme park: Ye Goldene Age of Kunge Fu. It does, however, have two things going for it: outstanding punch-ups and Jet Li...

3.0
0

Unlike previous Jet Li movies that I have seen, this movie also has emotion and artistic feeling to it, not just the bash and punch up fighting. But it does still have some great fighting scenes, although without revealing the plot, does not have great climatic ending to it? Just my 2 cents...

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Witty choreography juices the pedestrian plot of "Fearless," an earnest and technically accomplished biopic in which action star Jet Li flexes his limited dramatic muscles to portray kung fu master Huo Yuanjia...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Jet Li is becoming an A-list Asian martial arts superstar who has currency both for Chinese audiences and in Hollywood's Anglophone world, and his stock price will be further advanced by this robustly made, brash, sentimental and entertaining picture set in early 20th-century China and based on the true-life legend of patriot fighter-hero Huo Yuanjia...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Despite Li's high-flying efforts and the the lightly CGI-assisted fight choreography of Woo-ping Yuen, it's simply not very good...

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite impressive, CG-light action sequences and an absorbing story which certainly stands another re-telling, director Ronny Yu barely elevates this above the level of a direct-to-video fightfest. Hero or Crouching Tiger it ain't...

2.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Fearless is a bland, crassly directed martial arts epic that strives for the serenity of Yimou Zhang but looks more like a tatty historical theme park: Ye Goldene Age of Kunge Fu. It does, however, have two things going for it: outstanding punch-ups and Jet Li...

3.0
0

Unlike previous Jet Li movies that I have seen, this movie also has emotion and artistic feeling to it, not just the bash and punch up fighting. But it does still have some great fighting scenes, although without revealing the plot, does not have great climatic ending to it? Just my 2 cents...

4.0
0