MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 31,083 this week

Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
"Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba" (original title)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 4,308 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 17 critic

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 16 Dec 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 12 Dec 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)

Once Upon a Time in China III (1993) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Once Upon a Time in China III.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Black Mask (1996)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung
Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam
Dragon Inn (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan
Fearless (2006)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This film tells the story of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). Huo Yuanjia was the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Jet Li, Shidô Nakamura, Betty Sun
The Warlords (2007)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip
Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Iron Monkey (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Stars: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang
Seven Swords (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Honglei Sun
The Swordsman (1990)
Action | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Samuel Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Rosamund Kwan ...
Siu Chung Mok ...
Xin Xin Xiong ...
Club Foot / Thunder Foot
Shun Lau ...
John Wakefield ...
Tumanovsky
Jin Chiu ...
Chiu Tin-Bai (as Gin Chiu)
Cunzhuang Ge ...
Lee Hung-Cheung
Tak-Yan Wong ...
Yan
Chunzhong Zhang ...
Master Chiu
Jin Meng
Edit

Storyline

Wong Fei-Hung and sidekick Chung arrive in Peking just as the Empress announces a Lion Dance martial arts contest. Also accompanying him is cousin Yee, his young, Westernized aunt-by-adoption, to whom Wong is secretly betrothed. Wong faces a possible romantic rival in a Russian diplomat, Tumanovsky, whom Aunt Yee knew back in school, and a martial arts rival in the brutal Club Foot, who beats up Wong's father. Club Foot works for the slimy Leung Fun, who is determined to win the prestigious Lion Dance contest at any cost. However, by the time the spectacular Lion Dance contest occurs many things will change. Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Hero Beyond All Others.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 February 1993 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in China III  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film of "Once Upon a Time in China" series presented in Dolby Stereo sound. See more »

Goofs

The film that Aunt Yee plays using the projector is 90 degrees clockwise. However all the people who watch it turn their heads to the left (90 degrees counterclockwise). See more »

Connections

Followed by Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Too many lions!
15 June 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

The Empress of China decides to hold a Lion King competition as a show of strength to foreigners; rather than uniting her people, the impending event causes fights to break out between rival martial arts schools across the country. Out to ensure that as many potential winners are quashed before the contest even takes place, the nasty Chiu Tim-ba and his men attack the other competitors, including the father of the legendary Wong Fei Hung.

Wong (Jet Li) steps in to protect his old man, gets in a few scraps, and eventually becomes involved in foiling an assassination attempt on a high ranking governor, whilst at the same time trying to make sure that the ex-boyfriend of his sweetheart stays his distance.

As a big fan of Jet Li, I really have tried my utmost to enjoy the OUATIC movies, but, even with the incredible cinematography, lavish sets and costumes, powerful score, and welcome appearances from industry greats such as Yuen Baio and Donnie Yen, the series has left me rather unimpressed.

And Part 3 does nothing to change that.

This chapter moves the action from Canton to Beijing, but almost everything else stays the same. We get more xenophobia, more silly wire-work enhanced fight scenes, more playful romance between Wong and his girl (the gorgeous Rosamund Kwan), more lame comedy, and not enough memorable martial arts action from Li. And this time round we also get lion dances. Lots and lots of lion dances.

If the sight of men dancing and leaping about in brightly coloured lion costumes doesn't sound like fun to you, then I strongly suggest you do not watch this film (lion dance fetishists, however, will have a field day!).

I had always found the traditional Chinese lion dance rather interesting to watch, but this film has dampened my enthusiasm for them more than just a tad. OUATIC 3 starts with lion dances, has a few lion dances throughout, and end with lots of... you guessed it.... lion dances!!! Sure, some of the lions have booby trapped mouths which fire arrows, and another has blades attached to it, and there's a humongous lion at the end to spice things up, but there's only so much wiggling of lion bodies, jiggling of lion heads, snapping of lion mouths and fluttering of big lion eyes that I can take.

In fact, only the presence of the delightful Miss Kwan as Aunt (or is it cousin?) Yee kept me sane. Once again, she is a joy to behold and makes the whole lion-infested film worth enduring.

5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
VERY underrated! rick_7
Wong Fei-Hung in this movie... not nice :| emanuelmayer
Discuss Once Upon a Time in China III (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?