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Release Date:
15 August 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »
Tagline:
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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 »
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Great martial film, too ambitious with all its intended messages See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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:
Wong Fei-hung was a famous practitioner of hung gar kung fu, although the techniques Jet Li uses are mostly of the long fist method and tai chi.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great martial film, too ambitious with all its intended messages, 26 July 2005
Author: aimayli from United States

This movie, directed by Tsui Hark, embodied some of the best Kong-fu fight sequences to be found anywhere in the entire genre. Not only were the fights choreographed with amazing skill and dexterity, there was also supreme creativity and use of forces at work here. The angle placement of the camera was always effective and the fight scenes between the hero and his enemies are set up with admirable presence and dignity. Furthermore, the editing was bold and crisp; for the most part everything flowed very well from one scene to the next. Jet Li was unparalleled in his martial arts glamour. His stern demeanor accentuated his role as a leader and a man of principle.

Jet Li played Wong Feihong, a doctor who also happened to be renowned for his skill in martial arts. Against his will, he became involved in combating the local gang, whose rivalry and antagonism was set up by a flimsy pretext. (Apparently gang violence usually are created over the most trifle of instances) On the one hand, Feihong, had to deal with the local thugs, on the other, he had to deal with government officials and foreign mercenaries.

Along for the ride were some touching characters playing Wong Feihong's students, the stuttering Western-educated nerd and the formidably huge pork merchant. The addition of Aunt 13 to the cast added shy romance, providing a nice contrast to all the fighting and constant strife and chaos.

The movie featured a convincing historical backdrop and captured the national Chinese character well, at least, the 19th century, pre-Communist era. The music score was very nicely done and complemented the film well. At times, the movie evoked as much emotion as the characters themselves.

The only problem with this film may be its overly ambitious goals of trying to tackle everything at once. There was the sentiment of saving China from "foreign devils" as well as the sentiment that China was rotting and corrupt at its core, with the Chinese betraying the Chinese. There was also the strong sense of there being too few good men like Wong Feihong, with a strong desire to do right by his country. Over all, the movie's message was multi-layered and complex and can be confusing to the unschooled audience.

Still, this movie, made in 1991, showed off Jet Li's lyrical martial arts grace in full glory and in its best moments, takes fighting to a transcendent level.

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