The picture follows Huo from a sheltered young boy (whose father preferred his son take calligraphy rather than the technique) to his final year in the height of his skill. And though the story follows the significant events in Huoís life, Fearless still feels less like a biopic than another excuse for Li to wax philosophy and barrel down a list of nameless opponents with hands, sticks, and swords, in the water, squared-circle, and on rooftops (in sequences shot gorgeously by Poon Hang Sang).
,br> But thatís what Li (and martial arts) fans want, isnít it? Nevermind the story (and its inaccuracies, which most viewers arenít familiar enough with Huís life to pick up anyway). We want the over-the-top, the slow-motion, and the invisible wire tricks the Chinese-born star has showcased on screen since the early Ď80s, and has honed since before he turned a teenager.
Fearless is directed by Ronny Yu, who came into the mainstream spotlight in the past decade with Bride of Chucky and Freddy vs. Jason. This is Yuís standard if entertaining enough departure from the West, a return to his roots to reassure us of his talents and to cast Li perfectly as the loyal, revenge-driven master as opposed to, say, the butt of racial jokes in a Hollywood buddy action-comedy.
However, the advertised/main selling point, the Directorís Cut (2 hrs. 21 mins.) is NOT included! This has shown to be a problem with this re-release, according to many sources.
A Fearless Journey (16:04): This featurette takes a look at the art of wushu (and common misconceptions), the style of Jet Li, and the overall production.
Deleted Scene (6:47): Ah, how nice, a deleted scene to compensate for the absence of the Directorís Cut! The scene involves Huoís defense of a child caught stealing a cow.