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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Fearless: Director's Cut (2006)

A biopic of Master Huo Yuanjia, founder of the world-renowned Jin Wu Sports Federation. It's best to forget that it has any connection to a real historical figure, though, at least until the end credits roll. Doing so frees you of any need to forgive fight scenes pushing the limits of what’s humanly possible, even by one as masterful as Jet under the guidance of Yuen Woo-ping.
The Dir's Cut adds 40 minutes to the running time of the International Edition, bringing the total to 141 mins. It makes a huge difference to the overall feeling and, more importantly, to the emotional impact of the story. The best of what's new is in the middle section. It's a quiet, reflective time wherein a fiercely competitive martial artist discovers that there's more to life than fighting.

4 untangled knots out of 5

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