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Jet Li's Fearless
(2006)
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Composed, Conducted and Produced by:
Shigeru Umebayashi

Orchestrated by:
Sachiko Miyano
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(September 5th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can never get enough of the culturally diverse combinations of Eastern and Western sounds, spanning the ages and leading you on an unpredictable ride.

Avoid it... if within that emerging genre of music you expect a compelling thematic and stylistic journey rather than a clinical and often sterile treatment of a historical epic.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,341
WRITTEN 2/16/07
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Jet Li's Fearless: (Shigeru Umebayashi) Announced as Jet Li's final martial arts film, Fearless was an ambitious project untaken by some of Hong Kong's most veteran film industry specialists. Director Ronny Yu and fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping teamed with the 43-year-old Wushu (martial arts) expert Li to tell a fictionalized story about the founder of the Wushu arts early in the 20th Century. While the film was conceived of as a tribute to the master (and to the aging Li, for that matter), and it successfully portrays the pride that Huo Yuanjia gave China in his innovative and controversial style, it has been diluted by claims of historical inaccuracy and underachievement in an artistic sense. Much like many Western equivalents in storyline, the famed fighter disgraces himself by allowing his own arrogance to cause death and shame to his loved ones, and the film's ultimate, anti-violence undertones allow for an examination of how a great fighter's most daunting battle is with his own inner demons. While Li's acting has gotten better throughout the years, Wo Ping's choreography puts him in a difficult position, and his performance, like the film overall, has been criticized for handling its story in too clinical a fashion. People who are basically fans of seeing Wushu fighting on screen will have enough to be entertained by, however, with the usual battle between Li and a huge, Caucasian brute providing some cheap satisfaction. The orchestral film music for these massive Mandarin-language productions was introduced to Western audiences by Tan Dun in the early 2000's, with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero both remaining critically acclaimed. Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi was hired for the subsequent House of Flying Daggers in 2004, however, bringing an interesting new cultural twist on the already wide-ranging sound of the genre. Originally a rock musician two decades prior, Umebayashi has since become a prolific composer in Asia, with several hit scores among his 60 projects.



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128 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.86 Stars
***** 17 5 Stars
**** 24 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 29 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:34
• 1. Opening Title - Wu Shu Jing Shen (1:22)
• 2. Shanghai Fight (3:48)
• 3. Kids (0:49)
• 4. Master Huo's Fight (0:44)
• 5. Kids 2 (0:11)
• 6. Kids 3 (0:33)
• 7. Huo Yuanjia's Theme (0:48)
• 8. Tianjin Fight (3:43)
• 9. Mrs. Huo/Action (4:12)
• 10. Huo Yuanjia and Master Qin (0:59)
• 11. Yuanjia and Qin (0:20)
• 12. Qin Enters (0:58)
• 13. Sword and Fist (3:16)
• 14. Man's Theme (0:44)
• 15. Yuanjia's Sorrow (0:56)
• 16. Mother & Daughter (2:37)
• 17. Yuanjia Falls (1:36)
• 18. Village Flute/Children Play with Dragonflies (2:04)
• 19. Village Flute Solo (0:33)
• 20. Season Changes (1:32)
• 21. Moon Explains (1:35)
• 22. Yuanjia and Moon (2:32)
• 23. A Long Road Home (4:20)
• 24. Jinsun and Yuanjia (0:28)
• 25. Shanghai Fight 2 (0:28)
• 26. Action 5 (4:15)
• 27. Jinsun and Yuanjia 2 (1:18)
• 28. The School Opens (1:01)
• 29. Habanera from Carmen (1:49)
• 30. Hasu - Tea Ceremony (0:30)
• 31. Wu Shu Jing Shen (0:59)
• 32. Tanaka Fight (4:09)
• 33. Final Fist 1 (2:26)
• 34. Final Fist 2 (2:10)
• 35. Fearless Men/Theme of Yuanjia and Moon (4:26)
• 36. Ending - Wu Shu Jing Shen (2:23)

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