HONG KONG — The grandson of late Chinese martial arts champion Huo Yuanjia is suing the producers and distributors of Jet Li starrer “Fearless,” alleging the boffo pic damages his family’s reputation.
Huo Shoujin, 81, filed a lawsuit in Beijing Haidian District People’s Court on Tuesday, demanding a public apology from the China Film Group Corp. and Hong Kong-based distrib Edko Films and a stop to the worldwide release of the film, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
“The film says Huo Yuanjia caused trouble that leads to the death of his mother and daughter, and as a result, he has no descendants,” said Huo Shoujin’s lawyer Yang Zhongkai. “This is not true.”
A second case also may be filed by Huo Yuanjia’s great-grandson, Yang said.
“Fearless” has brought in $12 million since its mainland China release on Jan. 25, and in Hong Kong had grossed nearly $4 million as of Wednesday. Pic is still on release in both territories and is also unspooling in Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. It will be released this year in North America and Europe.
The real Huo Yuanjia was the founder of a martial arts school in Shanghai and one of the most famous martial arts leaders in modern Chinese history.