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Release Date:
15 August 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Wong Fei Hung
Biao Yuen ... Leung Fu
Rosamund Kwan ... Aunt Yee
Jacky Cheung ... Buck Teeth Soh
Steve Tartalia ... Tiger
Kent Cheng ... Porky Lang
Jonathan Isgar ... Jackson
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Iron Robe Yim (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Mark King ... British general
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Fontaine ... Policeman
Shun Lau ... Naval Commander
Kien Shih ... Old man who gives advise (Cameo)
Yuan-fa Tsao
Chien-Po Tsen
Chi Yeung Wong ... Commander Man
Ma Wu ... Old Man

Simon Yam
Cheung-Yan Yuen
Kam-Fai Yuen ... Kai
Shun-Yee Yuen ... Honorable Manchu Soldier
Tony Yuen (as Yuen Kam Fai)
Anthony Carpio ... Thug (uncredited)

Mike Leeder ... Western Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hark Tsui 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yiu Ming Leung 
Elsa Tang  (as Pik-yin Tang)
Hark Tsui 
Gai Chi Yuen  (as Kai-Chi Yun)

Produced by
Hark Tsui .... producer
Original Music by
Romeo Díaz 
James Wong 
Cinematography by
Tung-Chuen Chan 
Wilson Chan 
David Chung 
Ardy Lam  (as Kwok Wah Lam)
Arthur Wong 
Bill Wong  (as Chung Biu Wong)
Film Editing by
Marco Mak 
Costume Design by
Bruce Yu 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... hair stylist
Ka-Pik Lai .... makeup artist
Yun-Ling Man .... makeup artist
Man-hua Pan .... makeup artist
Yuk-Mui Wan .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lloyd Chao .... post-production supervisor (international version)
Chi-Wai Cheung .... production manager
Julia Chu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Polly Kam .... assistant director
Hoi-wah Kong .... assistant director
Kai Keung Lai .... assistant director
Bo-San Lo .... assistant director
Marcus Fox .... stunt performer
Chia Yung Liu .... action coordinator
Chia Yung Liu .... stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns
Xin Xin Xiong .... stunt double: Jet Li
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... action coordinator
Woo-ping Yuen .... action coordinator
Chia Yung Liu .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Siu-Kwan Chan .... assistant camera
Kai-erh Chen .... lighting technician
Man Po Cheung .... assistant camera
Kei Sheung Chow .... assistant camera
Lam Chow .... lighting technician
Wai-Kuen Chow .... lighting technician
Yun-Chuen Geung .... still photographer
Perry Ho .... focus puller
Man-Ching Ng .... lighting technician
Jun-Fai Tsang .... lighting technician
Si-Chan Yeung .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hau-Jeun Wong .... costume supervisor
Hau-Yung Wong .... costume supervisor
Other crew
Yeung-Wah Kam .... production planner
Chia Yung Liu .... martial arts choreographer
Woo-ping Yuen .... martial arts choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wong Fei Hung" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for violence
134 min | Germany:95 min (cut version) | USA:99 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2010) | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 (DVD/VHS release) (2001) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Jet Li badly damaged his knee when Wong Fei Hung jumps out of the tea shop using his umbrella. For this reason a lot of the final fight was performed while Li was in plaster, meaning he had to be doubled for some of the moves. A lot of the shots are from the waist and above, to hide his plaster.See more »
Anachronisms: During the fight scene at the theater, when Aunt Yee is helping the Jesuit over the railing, the Jesuit's shoes are clearly seen to have a modern tread.See more »
Wong Fei Hung:Why so many swords and daggers on the table?See more »
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
There's more to martial arts cinema than arthouse self-indulgence or slapstick comedy, 16 July 2002
Author: Fox in Socks from Staffordshire

Watched this again as an antidote to "The One". Jet Li's done some good films, some TERRIBLE films, and then again he's done a few genuine epics, like the Once upon a time in China series. These films are also among the best work of Tsui Hark.

The modern Wong Fei-Hung series contains elements of humour without being just broad slapstick (if you want kung fu comedy, rent a Jackie Chan film), but are mostly films about a troubled China where traditional values are being overwhelmed by Western style and influence. Iron-Robe Yim's line "you can't fight bullets with kung fu" resonates achingly with the failed boxer rebellion, during which chi-gung practitioners mistakenly believed they were protected from foreign guns.

Wong Fei-Hung's struggle to find an honourable, peaceful path through the collision between cultures should strike a chord with anyone who has moved on from chop-socky and realises that a kung fu movie can feature a great story as well as great cinematography.

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