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Rating: Not Rated
“Inspired by the story of a real-life hero, ‘Fearless’ is a thrilling masterpiece from action superstar Jet Li. When an ill-advised fight destroys the reputation of a renowned martial arts champion (Li) and his family, his difficult path to redemption will bring him face-to-face with the most ferocious fighters in the world. Orchestrated by Yuen Wo Ping, the legendary choreographer of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ this sensational, riveting epic is being described as ‘astounding’ and ‘visually stunning with brilliantly executed fight sequences’ (Pete Hammond, Maxim).”
“Jet Li’s Fearless (Unrated Edition)” is unrated. The theatrical version is rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout.
All that being said, the film does have a few good action scenes. Jet Li as Huo Yuanjia battles four foreign fighters in a tournament. He uses a variety of styles which spices things up. They include swords, hand to hand combat, and a variety of other weapons. Another scene midway through the film features a battle with another master in a restaurant. The two combatants battle with swords and utterly destroy the place. I found something odd while watching the action scenes, though. The wire work and gravity defying stunts that were cool in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “The Matrix” don’t seem quite so cool anymore. The more impressive moves are those that are within the realm of reality.
Overall, though, this is required viewing for fans of Jet Li or martial arts. The fact that it’s Li’s final martial arts picture alone is reason enough to forgive its flaws and check it out.
The bonus features are rather light on this DVD. There’s a brief featurette where Li talks about how this film is important to him and how it reflects his personal morality. The second bonus feature is a deleted scene. In it, Li’s character gets into a fight with a rival villager. Rather than unleashing his full martial arts fury, he holds back and takes a vicious beating. I was surprised the action scene was cut from the film, but it’s here for your viewing pleasure.
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