Jet Li Fearless Swords

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolved to teach himself how to fight – and win. Years of training enabled him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grew, so did his pride. After an ill-advised fight led to another master’s death, members of Huo’s family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wandered the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that helped him heal. Huo realized that the future of martial arts was in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoined society to apply what he had learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo took steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family’s name. His evolving, graceful Mizong Fist method of fighting brought Huo renewed success, and he formed the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each representing the major foreign powers in China. Huo committed to the bout and faced off against, a British boxer, a Spanish swordsman, a Belgian soldier, and a Japanese martial artist. What happened that day in 1910 has never been, and will never be, forgotten in China.

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