Couldn’t sleep last night so I caught half of this on cable. I’d seen it a long time ago. It came out in 2006.
Chinese film with English subtitles.
Story of Hua Yuanjia (though I suspect maybe a mix of myth, legend and some facts), founder of the Jingwu Sports Federation.
Quick version – as a boy, Hua’s father was a great fighter. He lets a defeated opponent live. Said opponent thanks Hua’s father by killing him anyway.
Thus, Hua becomes very cold. He grows up to become a great, undefeated champion with hundreds of students who train under him.
He becomes very cocky and arrogant, unwilling to listen to reason. Convinced that his father had made a mistake, he refuses to ever show his opponents mercy.
I don’t know if I should spoil it any further. Suffice to say, his cockiness leads him down a dark path, a terrible tragedy occurs, he atones and then eventually returns to the ring to fight for China.
It’s basically a good story about learning to turn the other cheek, that revenge isn’t always the best option, that people can fight and fight but eventually if there is to ever be peace, someone must back down and the act of backing down can in and of itself be considered a noble action.
See it. Good stuff. Thank you. This has been Bookshelf Q. Battler, world’s greatest nerd.