Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)
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Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I think this is a terrific film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Jet Li movies are still pretty cool, but they appear to be heading in an unfortunate direction."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Part bio-pic, part wuxia, Fearless melds the best of both genres and in the process makes something greater than the sum of its parts, commenting both on its genre and human nature in general, both as they are now and what they could aspire to be."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Every action sequence is imaginatively mounted, from a dizzying fight on a high tower, to the sight of Li taking on a wrestler twice his size..."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"Not so much a message film as it is a martial-arts epic with a philosophical backdrop. And it is utterly sincere without being treacly or preachy."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"It takes time for the film to bounce back to the heights of its opening scene, but about midway it does."
‑ Marc Savlov, Dallas Morning News
"It boils down to a simple but elegantly told morality tale with beautiful sets and scenery and plenty of bracing action."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Jet Li's final fight; teens OK."
‑ Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
"Teamed up with veteran director Ronny Yu and renowned choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, Mr. Li does some of his best work here."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Fracassa como exemplar de artes marciais e, o que é ainda pior, como homenagem a um homem que inspirou grandes atletas e atores (incluindo o protagonista desta produção)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Every so often there is a hand-to-hand fight scene to cut the boredom -- the best is set atop a precipitously high wooden tower in a village square -- but even these don't set themselves apart from anything we've seen before."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"A movie that condemns the tendency of global culture to intrude everywhere while embracing the very things that kick multiplex doors down around the world."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A honorable send-off"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"More of a message movie designed for mainland China than a karate chopsocky for consumption in the West where a martial arts movie has to be about butt-kicking to generate any traction."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"As energetically corporeal as it is touchingly spiritual."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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