IMDb > Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Wong Fei Hung
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Once Upon a Time in China (1991) More at IMDbPro »Wong Fei Hung (original title)

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Once Upon a Time in China -- Trailer for Once Upon A Time In China
Once Upon a Time in China -- Open-ended Trailer from Media Asia

Overview

User Rating:
7.4/10   12,211 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for Once Upon a Time in China on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a masterpiece of action cinema See more (60 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
Ling Chi-Hung ... Local Militia
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

Mike Leeder ... Western Restaurant Guest
Bruce Fontaine ... Policeman
Yuan-fa Tsao
Tony Yuen (as Yuen Kam Fai)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wong Fei Hung" - Hong Kong (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated R for violence
Runtime:
134 min | Germany:95 min (cut version) | USA:99 min (cut version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jet Li's voice is dubbed in post-production because he is not a Cantonese speaker. In fact, he spoke in Mandarin entirely during filming.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Wong Fei-Hung jumps off the tea-house, while kicking the Shaho gang leader, it is quite clearly another actor (Xiong Xin Xin).See more »
Quotes:
Yim:No matter how good our kung-fu is, it will never defeat guns.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old US-version and the uncut version?
See more »
8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
a masterpiece of action cinema, 23 July 2001
Author: MikeA from Isle of Man, British Isles

The first of the new wave of Chinese movies is a masterpiece of action cinema, and looks gorgeous. Jet Lee plays Wong Fei Hung, a popular Chinese folk hero, although I gather he was doubled a fair bit due to an injury. Regardless, the set-piece fights are impressive and memorable, with imaginative wire work and use of scenery.

This is not to underplay the plot of the movie, which is a poignant view of China's cultural identity being chipped away by western invaders. As always, a lot appears to be lost for those like myself who don't speak Chinese, but the subtitles are clear and well produced. On DVD the option is there to play the movie dubbed, but please resist. Very few kung-fu movies aren't ruined by terrible dubbing, and this is no exception. The DVD I was watching had a very interesting commentary by man-in-the-know Bey Logan, a picture gallery and an interview with Jet. It's certainly worth updating your old VHS copy of this classic movie.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (60 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Authenticity Clamberto
strong racist overtones apchar
Aunt 13??? repeater123
5 best fight scenes ever fryman3
Playing in NYC next month VincentGecko
Haircut uma_isthebride
See more »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Hong Kong section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.