Jet Li's Fearless

Movie review by
Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
Jet Li's Fearless Movie Poster Image
Jet Li's final fight; teens OK.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 103 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Although there's lots of violence, ultimately the movie is about overcoming violence.

Violence

Characters are injured and killed. Intense martial arts.

Sex
Language

Brief strong language, but nothing too bad.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some drinking and bar scenes.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byflare33 April 9, 2008

violent,powerful,and entertaining but predictable.

Parents take extreme caution.But this iffy defense flick isn't all blood and guts this corny pleasure features some very inspiring insights but displayed w... Continue reading
Adult Written bytazmen August 7, 2012

Huo Yuanjia

This is not the typical fighting movie. It is also definitely not for an immature audience. ****This movie takes multiple viewings to truly appreciate. Huo Yu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bytkubas1 November 30, 2009

Fearless

the fighting is well done.

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 ...

  • Families can talk about the consequences of physical violence, the nature of humility, and the topics of national honor.

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