Every so often there is a hand-to-hand fight scene to cut the boredom -- the best is set atop a precipitously high wooden tower in a village square -- but even these don't set themselves apart from anything we've seen before.
An air of melancholy permeates even Yuen Wo Ping's dazzling fight sequences -- which rely on wire work and computer enhancement much less than most contemporary martial-arts films -- and the final scenes pack a surprising melodramatic punch.
[Li] may be serious about this retirement nonsense; for an athlete, he is at the outer reaches of a career. And yet one hopes this is not the case. Fearless represents such an apex that it leaves one wanting more of the same -- much more.