Senor Li has chosen a truly novel story for his final film. According to EntertainmentWise.com:
'Fearless' tells the true story of legendary martial arts master Huo Yuanjia.
Deeply humiliated by his father's death in a public duel, a young Huo resolves to become the best fighter he can be. But soon his incredible fighting skills cost him the lives of the people he loves most when his family are killed in a brutal revenge attack. Yuanjia flees, no longer caring whether he lives or dies. Just as he is ready to give up hope, he is saved by Granny Sun and her blind granddaughter who accept him into the idyllic village where they live.
Huo finds a place where he really belongs, untill he finds that he must fight for what he truly belives (sic) in.
Wow! Imagine a martial arts film featuring a nihilistic hero who must fight for what he truly believes in following the senseless murder of his loved ones. How refreshingly new!
"Bob, the movie isn't even out yet - why are you so down on it?" you ask. "I saw the trailer a week ago before The Di Vinci Code, and it rocked. Maybe you should just lighten up and get some more sleep."
"Why? Because I'm sick to death of the same tired themes, the same hackneyed stereotypes, and the same predictable outcomes in every martial arts film. If I drink a pot of coffee and spin around for ten minutes, I can simulate the experience this movie will give me and save $10 bucks."
"Then don't watch them."
"That's not the point - I want someone to take a chance! Do something new for a change!"
"With the money that's at stake with these films, no one is going to take a chance, you know that."
"Wrong - directors take chances all the time - but since it's near-impossible today to deliver genre content directly to the markets that will pay for them, we never see those experimental, controversial or challenging films."
"So what do you want?"
"Fix the distrubtion arm of the movie business. Instead of ten great big bland movies that are guaranteed to play blandly to large audiences to generate x income, do a hundred cheaper, more interesting films that can be laser-targeted at consumers who self-identify as fans of the genre. That'll generate x times 10 revenue, but more importantly, at a lower distrubution cost, mostly from marketing."
"How is this going to happen?"
"Three things - broadband, handheld media devices that synchronize with home entertainment systems, and an opt-in service that you use to describe what you like in exchange for recommendations and per-use discounts."