"Fighting for Redemption"
What You Need To Know:
The action scenes in FEARLESS are outstanding, and the story extols several biblical messages. The Bible teaches that pride comes before a fall, and such a reality hits Huo’s character hard after his family is murdered because of his foolish actions. At his lowest point, Huo is shown compassion and love, which leads to his moral reform and inspires him to return to his hometown to help others. Because of its action violence, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for teenagers and adults. Ultimately, however, FEARLESS is an entertaining movie with a strong moral worldview.
(BB, Pa, C, FR, Co, L, VV, N, AA, MM) Strong moral worldview stressing the dangers of pride and the virtues of compassion and courage with some pagan elements that are clearly rebuked, Christian missionaries are briefly depicted preaching on the streets of Tianjin, possible false religion references when man speaks to deceased relatives while burning incense and candles, and brief reference to Confucius; one minor obscenity; martial arts action violence throughout, including a couple scenes in which men combat to the death, several scenes with blood, a man is poisoned and coughs up blood, as well as a scene in which two young boys engage in a violent fight; no sexual content; very brief naturalistic upper male nudity; brief depiction of alcohol abuse at a party; no smoking; and, revenge, theft and a child disobeys his parents.
JET LI’S FEARLESS is a Jet Li movie based on the life of Chinese martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia. Li has indicated that this movie will be his last martial arts epic, although he will continue to make movies in other genres.
The story starts with a flashback of Huo Yuanjia as a young boy. Although his father (Huo Endi) is an accomplished fighter, he encourages his son to focus on studies rather than martial arts. After being bullied in the schoolyard, however, Huo is determined to learn to fight. He steals his father’s Wushu manual with the help of his friend Nong. Over time, Huo becomes an impressive fighter, but gets increasingly arrogant as his skills increase. As a young man, Huo throws lavish parties after his victories and uses his abilities to torment others. Upon discovering that master Qin Lei has injured one of his pupils, Huo impulsively fights Lei to the death. Soon after, Huo discovers that his merciless murder of Qin has led to the killing of his own family.
Huo’s tragic circumstances lead the broken and conscience-stricken master to wander to a small village, where he is convinced by a compassionate stranger that martial arts should not be used for brutality, but for sportsmanship. Once Huo receives this insight, he returns to his hometown of Tianjin to restore his family name. There, Huo forms the Jingwu Sports Foundation. He is eventually coerced to represent his country in a number of battles, including bouts with a British boxer, a Belgian soldier, a Spanish swordsman, and a deadly Japanese martial artist. As these formidable contests rage, Huo’s efforts to redeem himself may eventually cost him his life.
As can be expected in any Jet Li picture, the action scenes in FEARLESS are outstanding. More important, however, are the biblical messages the story teaches. The Bible teaches that pride comes before a fall, and such a reality hits Huo’s character hard after his family is murdered because of his foolish actions. At his lowest point, Huo is shown compassion and love, which leads to his moral reform and inspires him to return to his hometown to help others.
Because of its action violence, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for adults. Ultimately, however, FEARLESS is an entertaining movie with a strong moral worldview.