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Once Upon a Time in China IV (1993)

Wong Fei Hung IV: Wong je ji fung (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 10 June 1993 (Hong Kong)
Wong Fei Hung must deal with both foreign threats and the nationalist Red Lantern Society in this continuation of the popular kung fu series.

Director:

Bun Yuen

Writers:

Elsa Tang, Hark Tsui
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wenzhuo Zhao ... Wong Fei-Hung
Jean Wang ... Aunt May
Siu Chung Mok ... Leung Foon
Xin Xin Xiong ... Seven
Billy Chow ... Iron Fist
Kar Lok Chin ... Lui
Shun Lau ... Wong Kei-Ying
Louis Roth Louis Roth ... Father Thomas (as Louis Charles Roth)
Zhiwen Wang ... Deputy Governor Guan Shing Tao
Tak-Yan Wong Tak-Yan Wong ... Yan
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Support
Nga Cheung Kwok Nga Cheung Kwok
Yat-Ho Leung Yat-Ho Leung
Qinghua Wang Qinghua Wang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alcoze David Alcoze ... American Indian Villager
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Wong Fei Hung must deal with both foreign threats and the nationalist Red Lantern Society in this continuation of the popular kung fu series.

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Genres:

Action

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

10 June 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in China IV See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,458,013
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Good sequel - Jaw dropping fights
19 July 2010 | by kormingSee all my reviews

Jet Li is a superstar with a status that is untouchable, and for most who have seen the previous OUATIC films Jet Li simply is Wong Fei Hong. Considering this, Vincent Zhao has a pretty large shoe to fill and he does an admirable job in this installment. Especially considering the following facts.

Zhao was only 20 when director Corey Yuen hand picked him from a sports university to play the villain opposite Jet Li in the "Fong Sai Yuk" movie in 1992, landing Zhao his first acting gig. At that time on the set next door Tsui Hark was filming OUATIC4 with a replacement actor from Singapore. However Tsui decided that it wasn't working out and asked to meet with the new actor who was now working with his ex-Wong Fei Hung. So, between filming Zhao met Tsui, who decided on the spot that he had found the new Wong Fei Hong.

However, Zhao was still halfway through shooting Fong Sai Yuk, and Tsui urgently need to begin re-shooting for his new film, so Zhao would start to shoot parts of both films at the same time. He would play a villain during the day and the hero at night. You can imagine the pressure for a first timer, having lead roles in two major movies with big names attached!

If one needs proof that Zhao's martial arts is up to par, one only has to see the amazing opening sequence in this film to be convinced that Jet Li's successor is the real deal. His style differs from Li's but Zhao is no less fun to watch.

One thing is for sure: Zhao hardly uses any stunt doubles here while if you look closely, in a lot of the scenes in the previous OUATICs, it's not actually Jet Li! Which is understandable, because Li was older (30) and a much bigger star when he did those. But it also means that with Zhao, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck! If you see Mr Wong doing a triple roundhouse kick, that's (visibly) Zhao doing it.

Sure, Jet Li wins in terms of charisma. But Zhao is very good looking indeed, if a bit too young at this point. In terms of acting, it's quite good for a first time performance.

The story is nothing new, but serves as a good backdrop for the jaw dropping fights and good old Chinese heroism. Ultimately it's the action that matters most, and that's what it delivers in spades!

Verdict: Definitely a must see for all action and Wong Fei Hung fans!


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