A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an action movie with nothing but fighting and killing. There are also a couple of deaths that could be upsetting to younger kids. There is some drinking in bars and some diva-like behavior, but there are also uplifting messages about humility and honor.
What's the story?
JET LI'S FEARLESS is ultimately a story of redemption. When Huo's father is humiliatingly defeated in public, the young man vows to become the best kung fu fighter. But he loses his moral compass as he becomes more powerful and, much like some of today's media stars, begins to travel with a posse of devotees. But when Huo kills the wrong person, his life begins to unravel. After feeling the true consequences of his violent ways, Huo must return to fighting -- this time for his country.
Is it any good?
Only Jet Li and martial arts lovers need see this last Li action movie. That said, this one will certainly satisfy that audience. For his final martial arts outing, Li reverently tells the story of one of China's most revered martial artists, Huo Yuaniga. Since the movie takes place when China was experiencing a veritable invasion of westerners, a metaphoric showdown with foreigners becomes the centerpiece of both the plot and Huo's redemption.
Clearly there are parallels between Huo an Li, and this infuses this movie -- which Li has claimed will be his final action feature -- with emotional resonance. If the audience pays attention to something beyond the really excellent martial arts, they'll see Li's messages about the nature of violence and humility. Beautifully choreographed, the movie is plenty violent. People are killed, including some sympathetic characters.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: September 22, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: December 19, 2006
- Cast: Betty Sun, Jet Li, Shido Nakamura
- Director: Ronny Yu
- Studio: Rogue Pictures
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: for violence and martial arts action throughout.
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