Jet Li's Fearless: Chen Jinquan
Gregory Kirschling
September 20, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jet Li's Fearless

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
09/22/06
performer
Jet Li, Nakamura Shidon
director
Ronny Yu
distributor
Rogue Pictures
author
Chris Chow, Christine To
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a C

In Jet Li’s Fearless, which is supposedly Jet Li’s goodbye to the patented Jet Li martial arts spectacular, he plays Huo Yuanjin, the real-life Chinese cultural hero of the late Qing dynasty era who started up a still-thriving martial-arts school in Shanghai. And yes, the movie feels more like a stilted, reverential biopic than a chop-socky ass-kicking extravanganza. Every so often there is a hand-to-hand fight scene to cut the boredom — the best is set atop a precipitously high wooden tower in a village square — but even these don’t set themselves apart from anything we’ve seen before.

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