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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 »
User Reviews:
the best martial arts film ever made 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
 

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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

Did You Know?

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 »
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
the best martial arts film ever made, 25 July 2003
Author: Andy Bronson (AndyBronson) from essex, england

The first time i saw this movie i hated it it was only with repeated viewing that i grew to love it. I think the reason why i initially didn't enjoy it was because i was expecting light entertainment and i just wasn't prepared for a multi layered film such as this. This film marks for director Tsui Hark the peak of his creative genius when he was making this film there was a lot of worry in Hong Kong regarding the 1997 hand over to China Tsui manages to transfer this tension and uncertainty into the film terrificly and he injects each shot with a passion for his nationality and his love for the chinese heros such as Wong Fei-Hung. The next element of this film that is truly magnificent is the cast each character is given sufficient screen time for complete character arcs Jet Li's acting is done with a level of honour and intensity that has been lacking in every performance he has done since. Yuen Biao has perfected playing these king of roles because he has played many similar roles in the past yet he still manages to bring something new to the role and gives it a fresh twist that is lacking in Max Mok's performance in the sequels. there are also strong performances by Jackie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan and Kent Cheng. overall the character that steals the show is master yim i would say he is better than the rest of the cast combined. Now to the point that most people watch kung fu films for the fights the great thing about the fights in this film is that each fight improves on the one before it so there is a visible progression before the end ladder fight which i consider to be the best wire enhanced fight ever put on film.

overall i would recommend this film to anyone who is looking for a great movie but if you are looking for realistic fighting i would point you in the direction of Bruce Lee's films and the Prodigal Son . please note to get the most out of this film it must be seen in its original language and in its original Widescreen format and it must be seen no less than five times to get an idea of its multi layered complexities

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