Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)

Saw this today, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

Go here for the music video for the theme song to Jet Li’s new movie Huo Yuan Jia, about the 19th century martial artist of the same name. (The movie has been retitled “Fearless” for Western audiences.)

The song is by Taiwanese pop star Zhou Jie Lun (aka Jay Chow), and is an absolute earworm of traditional Chinese music, western-style pop, and hip-hop.

Chinese Hip-hop. Yeah, I’ll let that one sink in for a bit.

The music video kicks ass, too….lots of choreographed dance moves, interspliced with footage from the film….which looks nifty (especially a duel between Huo Yuan Jia and a westerner fencing with a saber).

I do have an MP3 of the song, which will be appearing on this week’s Friday Music post. ( and yes, , it will be added to the “international hip-hop” CD that I’m making you.)

13 Replies to “Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)”

  1. Ok, apparently the band name is Ill Mariachi, but the track I love is “Nagoya Queens”. Some linksploitation, mp3s, and commentary at Tofu Hut.

    I don’t understand a word of Japanese, but damn, they have the old skool heat.

  2. Dude, that is amazingly cool! I can’t wait until Friday–I must have a copy of the MP3 now! Unless the MP3 is deposited in my GMail account in the next four hours something extremely unpleasant will happen to your copy of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. “Oh, look, some sod melted your Doctor Who DVD.”

  3. Actually, I don’t have your gmail address.
    (plus, the MP3 is just the Wiretapped audio from the video, which I know you can do yerself).

    Don’t hurt my copy of the Christmas Invasion!

  4. Y’know, I’m not a huge hip-hop kinda guy, but I really dug this.

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing this, assuming it gets picked up for US release. With luck, an overseas Region 0 DVD of the original film will be available before it gets edited for American audiences.

    Word from Jet Li is that this will be his last martial arts film.

  5. What’s a good email address for you now? The one I had for you is bouncing as being ‘full’. Have assorted news of a potential puddle-hopping nature. Paul.

  6. It’s the same. I forgot to clear the cache, and a bunch of messages from freelancers (with huge attachments) filled it up.

    It’s cleared now.

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