Superstar Jet Li headlines this action-packed film, his final martial arts epic. The film reunites him with producer Bill Kong and action director and choreographer Yuen Wo Ping. Li plays real-life 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 himself at a tournament for the honour of his country and the true spirit of martial arts.
Jet li's final bow
- Fearless review by Tony, Birmingham
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You rated this film: 4
This is Jet Li's final action film as I understand it and instead of going into Chinese myth and legend, he delivers an biographical movie based on the story of a man who created an international fighting academy, which has branches in existence too this very day.
So for once, the wire work which is a trademark of Chinese cinema is absent and what's left are some truly stunning fight scenes and a fairly emotional story.
From a troubled beginning, the hero becomes a respected fighter around the world, and is also fiercely proud of his country which is under the influence of the foreign powers. It's more than a tale of someone who was fiercely proud and patriotic, it's a story about a man that wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in and stand up too his opponents in and out of the arena.
To say he upset people is an understatement and indeed the main characters end is indeed tragic.
An exciting film but don't expect another House of Flying Daggers or Hero. A good film indeed, not his best but never the less, worth a look.
Fascinating story of martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia
- Fearless review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 4
Great martial arts movie with beautifully choreographed fight sequences reminiscent of Crouching Tiger and Kill Bill. Visually stunning and a good story to boot. The main character, played by Jet Li, starts off as a rather shallow, boastful and selfish young man, who becomes wiser as a result of a series of events in his life. If you like this genre I am sure this will impress you.