• Publication date: December 16, 2010

Fearless Fearless

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Wushu master Huo Yuanjia prepares to battle Japanese opponent, Tanaka, and three American ...

Wushu master Huo Yuanjia prepares to battle Japanese opponent, Tanaka, and three American opponents in a massive tournament but before that the film cuts back to Huo's boyhood in the city of Tianjin, in North China, circa 1880, when his father forbids him from in martial-arts training. But Huo’s love for the art means he will train in secret and 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, 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. Fearless picked up a Hong Kong film Award for Best Choreography, Hong Kong Film Critics Society for Best Actor (Jet Li), and a Hundred Flowers film award. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout.