Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thai scenes in Region 1 DVD of Fearless: Director's Cut
When Jet Li's Fearless was released in Thai cinemas in 2006, a special, 111-minute edition was prepared that included the scenes in which Jet's Huo Yuanjia spars with a Muay Thai fighter, portrayed by real-life boxer Somluck Kamsing, who had previously been featured in Panna Rittikrai's Born to Fight.
The scene was cut from the 104-minute international release, and hasn't been seen anywhere else, except on a Hong Kong DVD, and possibly on the Thai DVD, which I never checked out because it had no English subtitles.
Now Somluck can be seen by North American DVD buyers, with the Universal Pictures' release of Fearless: Director's Cut. The 141-minute version includes the Thailand scenes, as well as a modern-day prologue involving Michelle Yeoh as an Olympics official. There is also more footage of Huo as a child and additional scenes with the rice farmers.
The film is directed by Ronnie Yu and also features Jet sparring in an exhibition match against a behemoth American wrestler, portrayed by Nathan Jones.
Fearless: Director's Cut was released on July 8. It's available at Amazon.com.
(Via Kung Fu Cinema)