Huo Yuan Jia

  • Directors: Ronny Yu
  • Producers: Jet Li, Ronny Yu, Yang Buting, William Kong
  • Writers: Ronny Yu
  • Genres: Action, Biography, History, Sport
  • Actors: Jet Li, Yong Dong, Nakamura Shido, Collin Chou, Betty Sun

The film starts with Huo Yuanjia (Jet Li) fighting three Westerners: a British boxer, a Prussian lancer and a Spanish fencer. Huo defeats all the three of them has a flashback before the next fight with Anno Tanaka (Nakamura_Shidō_II) from Japan.

Huo watches his father Huo Endi (Collin Chou) teaching students martial arts and wants to participate, but his father was concerned about his asthmatic son and refuses to allow him to practise martial arts. Huo Yuanjia then sees his father in a Leitai match with another martial artist named Zhao, who won the match dishonorably by retaliating when Huo Endi showed mercy on the final blow. Huo felt humiliated by his father’s defeat and vowed to regain his family’s honour and pride. He practiced martial arts secretly behind his father’s back. As the years passed, Huo Yuanjia defeated several opponents in Leitai matches and became one of the most famous martial artists in Tianjin. However, as he became increasingly successful and popular, he also became more arrogant and ruthless towards his opponents. His late father, however, advocated the practice of showing mercy and not doing any serious physical harm to opponents.

When a rival martial arts master named Qin Lei (Master Chin in the US version) injures one of Huo’s followers, Huo Yuanjia felt insulted and he confronts Qin at the latter’s birthday party. The confrontation escalates into a fight between Huo and Qin, in which Huo emerges as the victor by killing Qin with a fatal blow to the chest. However, Qin’s godson sought vengeance on Huo and killed Huo’s mother and daughter (Jade in the US version) in revenge. Guided by fury, Huo goes to Qin’s house and Qin’s godson admits to the murders before committing suicide. Later, Huo learns that it was his follower who had provoked Qin earlier which resulted in his beating from Qin.

Tanaka declares Huo Yuanjia the victor moments before Huo’s death and the crowd cheered. When the furious Japanese diplomat (also Tanaka’s manager, as well as the poisoner of Huo’s tea) confronts Tanaka, Tanaka replies furiously and chided the diplomat as being the real disgrace to Japan for attempting to win the match disgracefully. In the final scene, Huo Yuanjia is seen practising martial arts with Yueci watching from a distance. The two meet each other, presumably for the first time ever.

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