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Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Wong fei hung VI: Sai wik hung see (original title)
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The story is set in both Hong Kong and the U.S. So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were ... See full summary »

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Rosamund Kwan ...
Xin Xin Xiong ...
Club Foot (as Xiong Xin Xin)
Kwok-Pong Chan ...
Buck Teeth So (as Chan Kwok Pong)
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Billy
Joseph Sayah ...
Bandit Leader (as Joe Sayah)
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Sarah, the Indian Girl (as Chrysta Bell Zucht)
Kong Lung ...
Uncle Lone (as Patrick Lung)
Richard Woo ...
Uncle Han (as Richard Ng)
William Fung ...
Immigrant Worker
Johnny Koo ...
Immigrant Worker
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Dick
Ryon Marshall
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Rival Tribe Indian Brave
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The story is set in both Hong Kong and the U.S. So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were brutally treated by the Americans under the harsh working conditions. Thus, the American workers' hatred towards the Chinese immigrants is high. As a result, So gets into trouble with the Americans and the mob, and calls Master Wong for help. Written by Eugene Wu <infinitey@juno.com>

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1 February 1997 (Hong Kong)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was shot at the Alamo Village, the movie set originally created for John Wayne's The Alamo (1960). See more »

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In the fight scene between Wong and the bandit leader in bar, the bandit's head goes through the wooden table and Wong flings it in the air and there's sound of punch, whereas there's no punch. See more »

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Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

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WIRES OUT WEST.
17 June 2001 | by (Cardiff,Wales) – See all my reviews

This Jet Li Wong Fei Hung adventure must have served as inspiration for Jackie Chan's later and superior SHANGHAI NOON.The scenes where the hero fights Red Indians and the character of the blond cowboy sidekick who fights alongside the hero were almost duplicated in the Chan vehicle.What spoils this movie is the once again over prevalent use of wires in the fight sequences which always casts doubts in my mind as to how good a martial artist Jet Li really is.Let's face it,you could make a porker like Dan Aykroyd look like a fighting fury using this technique and I wonder why it is that Li relies on them so much.That said there is a great deal of well staged fight action in this otherwise entertaining movie courtesy of Sammo Hung and not too much of the excruciatingly poor comic relief that so often mars Hong Kong action movies.A downside is Li's awful bald apart from a ponytail hairstyle which frankly makes him look ridiculous and which is why I was unable to take him seriously until I saw him in FIST OF LEGEND(which remains his best movie).Some of the heavies in this movie and their dialogue is straight out of BLAZING SADDLES and this film really is only a showcase for fights and serves no other purpose(not that there is anything wrong with that)


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