Once Upon a Time in China
Dir: Tsui Hark
Scrs: Tsui Hark, Yuen Kai-chi, Leung Yiu-ming, Elsa Tang
Cast: Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung, Rosamund Kwan
1991 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 132min
It was 1991 and Hong Kong was ready for a new hero. Director Tsui Hark obliged by reviving Wong Fei-hung with a facelift, putting Jet Li in the Master’s well-worn and immense shoes. Li not so much as rises to the occasion than transforms and elevates it, his command performance delivering a Master Wong much younger than Kwan Tak-hing’s but much more mature than Jackie Chan’s, at once youthful and stoic, yet not without a deadpan affinity for the tongue-in-cheek. And with Tsui’s masterful choreography of cinematic elements, the Wong Fei-hung myth is taken to new heights, not to mention international reach.
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