Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nimble Jet Li Remains 'Fearless' to the End; Actor Says It's His Final Martial Arts Movie

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nimble Jet Li Remains 'Fearless' to the End; Actor Says It's His Final Martial Arts Movie

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Byline: MATT SOERGEL

Jet Li says Fearless is his last martial-arts movie, and it's not a bad way to go out, as a graying, noble hero fighting a worthy, honorable opponent.

Fearless follows a pretty predictable path for much of its length, and it isn't all fighting, all the time, which may disappoint some. In even pauses for a long, bucolic middle section out in the mountain countryside, where he learns to work the dirt.

The film feels thoughtful, philosophical, preaching peace and turning the other cheek - while still providing numerous bruising fight scenes, courtesy of fabled choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as The Matrix and Kill Bill movies).

It's based loosely on the life of martial-arts master Huo Yuanjia and begins in 1910 Shanghai. As the film begins, he's defending China's honor in a fight against four foreign fighters, a tournament arranged by big-time foreigners to humiliate China.

Then it flashes back to his childhood, showing how he grew from an asthmatic child to a proud, vengeful fighter who likes booze and the adulation of those who come to be his disciples. …

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