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Fearless (Director's Cut)
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07.18.2008 By: Mathew Plale
Fearless (Director's Cut) order
Director:
Ronny Yu

Actors:
Jet Li
Collin Chou
Nakamura Shido

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The story of Huo Yuanjia (Jet Li), famed Chinese martial artists who helped popularize Wushu.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In 2006ís Fearless, Jet Li portrays Huo Yuanjia, the Chinese martial artist who, in his 42-year life, mastered Wushu (a specialized form of martial arts), built a legion of devotees, established the Shanghai-based Jing Wu Men, and opened a can on dozens of challengers in well-cut montages.

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.
THE EXTRAS
In addition to the Theatrical Version (1 hr. 44 mins.), the Unrated Version (1 hr. 44 mins.) is also included.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Director's Cut of Fearless is just what fans have been waiting for--too bad it's not included! Because of this major screw-up on Universal's part, this 2-disc edition isn't worth shelling out your bucks for. Maybe next time...
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