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Release Date:
15 August 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »
Tagline:
Never was a Hero needed more...
Plot:
Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Didn't live up to my expectations. See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Wong Fei Hung
Biao Yuen ... Leung Foon
Rosamund Kwan ... Aunt Yee
Jacky Cheung ... Buck Teeth So
Kent Cheng ... Porky Lang
Kam-Fai Yuen ... Kai
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Iron Robe Yim (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Shun Lau ... Naval Commander Lau
Ma Wu ... Grand-Uncle Cheung
Jian-Guo Chiu ... Shaho Gang Leader
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Yim's Opponent
Chi Yeung Wong ... Commander Man
Shun-Yee Yuen ... Honorable Manchu Soldier
Xin Xin Xiong ... Shaho Gang Member
Jonathan Isgar ... Jackson
Mark King ... British General Wickens
Steve Tartalia ... Tiger
Colin George ... Jesuit Priest
Gam-San Leung ... Opera Troupe Boss
Hsin Shen ... Lion Dance Drummer
Bill Lung Biu ... Shaho Gang Member
Pau-Chung Tong ... Shaho Gang Member
Chi-Hung Ling ... Local Militia (as Ling Chi-Hung)
Gin Fei ... Local Militia
Foo-wai Lam ... Local Militia
Chien-Po Tsen ... Thug
Kwai-Bo Chun ... Thug
Kim-Ban Wong ... Thug
Anthony Carpio ... Thug
Si Man Hui ... Hawker
Bruce Fontaine ... Policeman
Yuan-fa Tsao
Tony Yuen (as Yuen Kam Fai)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Leeder ... Western Restaurant Guest (uncredited)

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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for violence
Runtime:
134 min | Germany:95 min (cut version) | USA:99 min (cut version)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Aunt Yee is fitting Fei-hung for a suit, she sees his shadow on the wall. Standing a few inches behind him, she traces his silhouette with her finger, obviously without touching him. However, when she touches his shadow ear, it flickers, meaning she actually touched his real ear.See more »
Quotes:
Wong Fei Hung:Why so many swords and daggers on the table?See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Didn't live up to my expectations., 13 June 2007
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

A traditional kung fu movie with elements of the Wuxia sub-genre, Once Upon A Time In China is considered by many to be one of the finest martial arts movies of all time; I don't rate it so highly, preferring my action to be a little more realistic and a tad more 'bone-crunching'.

Set in a troubled 19th century China, where centuries of tradition is being threatened by an influx of foreigners, this historical epic is directed by Tsui Hark and stars the incredible Jet Li, ably supported by Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung and Kent Cheng. With a pedigree like that, I was expecting something truly astounding, but what I got was an overlong, over-stylised and definitely over-rated film. Saddled with a dreadfully dull story and some particularly poor comedic moments, it does not entertain as much as I had hoped.

Li plays Wong Fei Hung, martial arts master and all round good guy, who, along with his students, battles the foreign invaders who are plundering China. Kwan plays his love interest, Aunt Yee, who has recently returned from America, and who tries to educate Hung about the wonders of the Western world. As the troubles mount, Aunt Yee becomes the target of unscrupulous traders who try to sell her into prostitution, leaving Hung and his men no option but to pit their fighting skill against guns in a daring rescue attempt.

Although the movie admittedly features some well choreographed fight scenes which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (as will the breath-taking cinematography), the action relies too much on clever wire-work and skillful editing for its impact, and the whole affair left this particular viewer rather disappointed.

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