Jet Li's Fearless [WS] [Unrated/Theatrical] [DVD] [2006]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

    Special Features


    • A Fearless Journey: Join Jet Li as he explains the making of this definitive martial arts epic
    • Deleted scene
    • Includes original theatrical version

    Synopsis


    Fearless
    Fearless opens in Shanghai, China, circa 1910, when wushu master Huo Yuanjia (martial arts superstar Jet Li) prepares to battle one Japanese opponent, Tanaka (Shidou Nakamura), and three American opponents (Anthony de Longis, Jean-Claude Leuyer, and Brandon Rhea) in a massive tournament. The picture then cuts back to Huo's boyhood in the city of Tianjin, in North China, circa 1880, when his father forbids him from engaging in martial-arts training. He must therefore slip off and train covertly. Around 1900, Huo -- then in his twenties -- continues to fight in tournaments. His determination is such that his entire life begins to revolve around championships, and the prospect of becoming the top-ranked fighter in Tianjin turns into a die-hard obsession, despite the repeated warnings of his best friend, Nong (Dong Yong), to cut back. Huo ignores these admonitions, then turns conceited and ultimately refuses to hear an additional word of caution, until his arrogance leads to the death of a fighter and Nong's decision to abandon him as a friend. Driven into exile, Huo journeys to southeastern Asia, where he works alongside rice farmers and divests himself of conceit, then gently touches the spirit of a blind girl. When he finally returns to Tianjin, he has transformed, internally, into a different person altogether. A huge hit in Hong Kong when originally released into theaters in 2006, Fearless was often touted as Jet Li's final film in the wushu school of martial arts. The picture is based on the real-life story of Huo Yuanjia, founder of the Jingwu school of martial arts. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jet Li
      Jet Li - Huo Yuanjia
    • Betty Sun
      Betty Sun - Yueci
    • Image coming soon
      Dong Yong - Nong Jinsun
    • Shidou Nakamura
      Shidou Nakamura - Tanaka, Anno
    • Collin Chou
      Collin Chou - Huo's father



    Customer rating

    4.5
    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fabulous movie, beware of defective disc 1

      Posted
      jimmyl

      Not everyone likes Jet Li or every one of his movies. This movie, however, is a really great dramatic adaptation of the start of the Jingwu school in the context of a China where over 1/3rd of the male population is addicted to opium. The school was started to help men beat their addiction and to physically, mentally and morally strengthen a population weakened by opium addiction, opium trade and colonial interferance by Japan and some western colonial and empire powers. Although the details in this dramatization are not wholly accurate, the overall story, with dramatic license, represents the essence of what happened. The death of Huo Yuanjia is not necessarily as attributable to poisioning as the movie implies and a fair controversy exists as to the exact cause. However, the objective that Japan and the western powers had in issuing the challenge to Huo is a reasonable representation of history at that time. Jet Li's other movie about this school, Fist of Legend, an homage to Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (mistakenly aka Chinese Connection in the US), is a dramatization of a fictional student's reacting to Huo's death. Like this movie, it too takes a fair amount of dramatic license, but is a reasonable representation of history at that time. Fearless helps build a fuller context for Fist of Legend. Beware of getting one with a bad disc 1. Universal created thousands of copies that, although properly labeled, had the content of disc 2. The really sad part of this is that the director's cut is supposed to be on disc 1 so you get only the theatrical and unrated versions. Universal will replace the bad disc 1, but only after some e-mail and snail mail interactions. The release had been fixed already, but thousands with the bad disc 1 seem to still exist in retail distribution centers and stores as of this review. I had to go through more than 15 DVDs at 3 stores to finally find a good one. The one I finally found was shrink wrapped instead of cellophane wrapped and did not offer the free Mummy Movie Ticket on the outside but did have the Directors Cut sticker on the shrink wrap. This may help finding one without a bad disc 1. Every one I opened that was cellophane wrapped, had a certificate for the free Mummy movie inside and/or had the free Mummy movie ticket sticker on the outside wrapper had a bad disc 1. The director's cut is amazing and it's sad that it was not released in the US theatrically and with dubbing. It's too bad the editors for the US market feel they have to cut and/or change so much from wuxia movies like this one. The only down side is that you'll have to listen to it in Mandarin Chinese and read the sub titles, but that's not a big deal considering it's a foreign film in the first place. Highly recommended once you get the director's cut.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Now has the Director's Cut

      Posted
      theforce36

      I don't know about the other guy but I just pruchased this movie today (Aug. 31st 2008) and it came with all three versions. The directors cut the theatrical and the unrated version. This movie has great martial arts action and recommend this movie to any true Martial art fan. I found out through universal on an e-mail.. thats why you haven't seen this movie on the shelves anymore until last week... they replaced the old disc 1 which was the same as disc to and added the director's cut.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      still kicking!

      Posted
      yudesign

      Marked as Jet Li's last martial arts film, much effort was put into it. From casting an aray of martial arts talent inclusive of (Collin Chou - Oracle's asian bodyguard in Matrix) and the giant that topples over in "Troy" by Brad Pitt's blade. Action choreography was also handled by the master Wu Ping. And inspired by true life story, Jet plays a martial artist that has lost his way through his quest to be the best. Some of the best wushu styled moves caught on film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      For Martial Arts Fans

      Posted
      benjamyn47

      If you're a big fan of the martial arts, this movie is for you. It starts out full of cheese, but gets better toward the middle. The ending is good, but overall the movie tries to handle too many subjects. Definitely not Jet Li's best performance, but then again, what is? The fighting scenes are well choreographed and enjoyable. Watch the movie for that.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing

      Posted
      Mattavious

      Possibly one of the best and most significant movies of Jet Li's career comes in this retelling of one of China's greatest legends. It is a story of honor and redemption, filled with beautiful landscapes and impressive martial arts. A must see, not just for fans of Jet Li or martial arts, but for anyone who can appreciate a meaningful story.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie with a powerful lesson

      Posted
      BaHaHaHa
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      The movie Fearless has such a profound lesson to learn within the plot of the movie that I can't help but suggest it to anyone and everyone. The standard spoken language is Mandarin/Cantonese (I don't know how to speak or recognize either one) but there is English dubbing for the entire movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best Martial Art films of all time!

      Posted
      TheSilentOne

      Jet Li is one of the top Martial Artists of all time! I've never seen a dull Jet Li movie and Fearless in my honest opinion is one of Jet Li's top two films (the other being Fist of Legend"). You won't regret watching this one and the Blu-Ray transfer is second to none.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      extreme action, great story

      Posted
      joe1979

      Jet Li bring the action here in Fearless, a true dramatic martial arts film that packs a punch! Great story here and jaw-dropping martial arts that will kick you right in the face. You won't be disappointed here if you like martial arts films. Check this out!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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