Kung fu master's grandson sues over Jet Li movie

The grandson of a late Chinese kung fu master has sued the producers and distributors of the Jet Li film, Huo Yuanjia, called Fearless in English.

The grandson of a late Chinese kung fu master has sued the producers and distributors of the Jet Li film, Huo Yuanjia , called Fearless in English.

Huo Shoujin, the grandson of deceased kung fu expert Huo Yuanjia, says the movie misrepresents and dishonours his grandfather.

He filed a lawsuit in Beijing Haidian District People's Court on Tuesday demanding a public apology and a stop to the worldwide release of the film, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Hou claims the filmmakers have fabricated stories and incidents from the kung fu master's life.

The family is unhappy that he is portrayed as a rich man with servants, when he actually had a working class background. Media reports also say the film shows Hou as childless, while he actually had seven grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren.

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. Trained by his father, he fought a series of foreign challengers in the early 1900s.

The movie shows him evolving from a vain fighter to one who uses fighting to improve himself and help his country.

The lawsuit does not name Li, who plays the kung fu master, nor Wang Bin, who wrote the script.

Huo Yuanjia has already been released in China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. It is scheduled to come out later this year in North America and Europe.