Jet Li's Fearless

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Reuniting martial arts superstar Jet Li, and producer Bill Kong (Hero) and action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (Unleashed), the film portrays martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation.

Full of himself, our hero learns humility and respect. There are several other positive messages about friendship and self-sacrifice. And though the film consciously belittles the influence of western ways, including the introduction of the Christian faith to mainland China, Huo shows respect for foreigners he battles in the ring.

Its a clean film, full of impressive visual martial arts imagery and several positive messages. The film honors China, presenting its people as put-upon by other nations. (The people of Tibet see the Peoples Republic as a bit more threatening. The rest of the world may also soon find that nation to not be so docile and peace loving).

I personally found the title ironic. The story is about a man who discovers humility. The lead actor, on the other hand not only places his name above the title, but incorporates it into the title. To be fair, that may have been done for American audiences, without his say-so. Still, its not a very appropriate way for a studio to honor its central character or the films theme. It is obviously done to make sure martial arts enthusiasts attend. Honors one thing, but lets not lose focus on the entertainment industrys true doctrine: the making of money.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Rogue Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One obscenity - SOB

Profanity: None

Violence: There are several graphic battles, staged and chirographed like a video game, but with a definite brutality; several characters, including the lead act out of vengeance; in battle one man is killed; revenge is taken and we see the dead bodies of the leads family, including a child. Blood: Some blood during a graphic tournament.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: The lead tends to overindulge with alcohol until he undergoes life changes. Then a point is made that he has stopped drinking.

Other: There is a great deal of martial arts activity, aided with camera tricks and magic wires. Children should be cautioned not to imitate the violent behavior.

Running Time: 103 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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