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Once Upon a Chinese Hero (1993)

Gui jiao qi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 6 February 1993 (Hong Kong)
While Master Wong Fei Hung is away traveling, the impulsive Lau Zhai (Yuen Biao), an initiate into Wong's Kung Fu school, begins wandering in the town. He soon allies with police chief ... See full summary »

Director:

Wu Ma

Writer:

Man Choi Lee (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ... Lau Zhai
Hsiu-Ling Lu ... King Siu-Ling
Wah Yuen ... Chairman Wah
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Gold Panther
Wu Ma ... So
Sheila Chan ... Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarek Boschko Tarek Boschko
Kouzhou Cai Kouzhou Cai
Anthony Carpio Anthony Carpio
Tung-Sheng Chang Tung-Sheng Chang
Lu Chiang Chao Lu Chiang Chao
Shan Charng ... (as Shan Chang)
Shaonung Chen Shaonung Chen
Shu-Erh Chin
Tau Chu
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While Master Wong Fei Hung is away traveling, the impulsive Lau Zhai (Yuen Biao), an initiate into Wong's Kung Fu school, begins wandering in the town. He soon allies with police chief Panther in order to offer assistance in toppling an opium distribution ring. AKA 'Once Upon a Chinese Hero'

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

6 February 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Todesfaust der kleinen Drachen 2 See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One's of Yuen Biao's really good movies
13 June 2001 | by rehanyousuf15See all my reviews

Directed by Wu Ma, who had previously directed Yuen Biao in the ghost story classic Portrait of a Nymph in 1988, this film focuses on the students of the Wong Fei Hong legend.

Yuen Biao, who starred in Once Upon a Time in China, then found that most of scenes had been cut out, made this seminal classic in which he teamed up again with Wu Ma to star in his own take of the Wong Fei Hong legend. Although Wu Ma rather wisely focuses on the students of Wong Fei Hong rather than the Wong Fei Hong himself as the Once Upon a Time in China series had done.

Also starring is Wu Ma himself and the fantastic Yuen Wah (this would be the last film where he and Yuen Biao would fight. Although they were in Hero (1997) they didn't fight in that movie) who is great as the opium smuggling chief.

Yuen Biao plays Lau Zhai, a student of Wong Fei Hong (but not inducted formally yet), who has a unfairly bad reputation thorough the community who gets framed for smuggling opium.

Yuen Biao shows some incredible footwork and so does Yuen Wah. Their end fight at the end is a great highlight of the movie.

Although the first part of the movie is pretty slow, as Wu Ma tries to establish the characters and the storyline, it picks up in the second half where the movie is fantastic.

Backed by a great supporting cast, in which virtually all of them would team up again to star with Yuen Biao, a year later to star in the Wu Ma directed Circus Kid. Yuen Biao gives a refreshingly diverse performance which ranges from playfulness, sorrow, anger, love and so much that I could go on for ever.

The choreography of this film is fantastic, letting both Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah shine. Wu Ma, directs with some lovely sweeping camera angles. The production values are very high too. Wu Ma must be given credit for focusing on a number of characters rather than one.

This movie is a fantastic movie. However this movie doesn't have that certain sparkle most Yuen Biao movies have. Despite that this movie should be seen by any fan of the Hong Kong martial arts movie genre.


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