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Whoosh, Wushu and Why Ronny Yu?
on 4 February 2012
Fearless is directed by Ronny Yu and co-written by Chris Chow, Christine To, Wang Bin and Li Feng. It stars Jet Li, Dong Yong, Nakamura Shido II, Collin Chou and Betty Sun. Music is by Shigeru Umebayashi and cinematography by Poon Hang-sang. Film is a loose telling of the life of Huo Yuanjia, a Chinese martial artist who was involved in a number of high profile fights that sought to restore pride to China before the birth of the Republic of China.
An historical action drama that delivers quality fights and gorgeous photography, Fearless still isn't all that it should be. In what should be a celebration of Yuanjia's life, sprawled out on an epic canvas, we instead get Ronny Yu (The 51st State/Freddy vs Jason) showcasing his action prowess whilst rendering the human interest factors as being bland. Yes, the action is vibrant, exciting and at times spellbinding, and Li remains a watchable star in spite of his acting limitations, but the slow crawl through the second half leaves the film in desperate need of an assured story telling hand. Which sadly it doesn't get. 6/10