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Once Upon a Time in China III (1992)

Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba (original title)
Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

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Hark Tsui
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jet Li ... Wong Fei-Hung
Rosamund Kwan ... Aunt Yee
Siu Chung Mok ... Leung Foon
Xin Xin Xiong ... Club Foot / Thunder Foot
Shun Lau ... Wong Kei-Ying
John Wakefield John Wakefield ... Tumanovsky
Jin Chiu Jin Chiu ... Chiu Tin-Bai (as Gin Chiu)
Cunzhuang Ge Cunzhuang Ge ... Lee Hung-Cheung
Tak-Yan Wong Tak-Yan Wong ... Yan
Chunzhong Zhang Chunzhong Zhang ... Master Chiu
Jin Meng Jin Meng
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Storyline

Wong Fei-Hung and sidekick Chung arrive in Peking just as the Empress announces a Lion Dance martial arts contest. Also accompanying him is cousin Yee, his young, Westernized aunt-by-adoption, to whom Wong is secretly betrothed. Wong faces a possible romantic rival in a Russian diplomat, Tumanovsky, whom Aunt Yee knew back in school, and a martial arts rival in the brutal Club Foot, who beats up Wong's father. Club Foot works for the slimy Leung Fun, who is determined to win the prestigious Lion Dance contest at any cost. However, by the time the spectacular Lion Dance contest occurs many things will change. Written by Reid Gagle

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A Hero Beyond All Others.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Russian

Release Date:

11 February 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in China III See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,560,604
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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film of "Once Upon a Time in China" series presented in Dolby Stereo sound. See more »

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(at around 1h 26 mins) The film that Aunt Yee plays using the projector is 90 degrees clockwise. However all the people who watch it turn their heads to the left (90 degrees counterclockwise). See more »

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The UK cinema version was cut by 4 secs by the BBFC to remove a horse-fall, though a re-inspection proved it to have been a safe stunt and the cut was waived for the 2000 video release. However for the 2001 Medusa DVD the original cut print was released in error. See more »

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Follows Wong Fei Hung (1991) See more »

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Good story-line but disappointing fighting
23 June 2001 | by drngorSee all my reviews

In order to unite the people of China and strengthen their spirit, the Qing government decides to hold a lion dance competition to promote the study of kung fu. This only leads to violence and conflict. Wong Fei Hung, who is visiting Beijing, sees this and is disgusted by the way it's being handled. However, his efforts to get through to the government are futile. He finds himself having to join the competition when he discovers a plot by the Russians to assassinate President Li Hung Chang.

This was the first movie in the OUATIC series that I saw. I was actually quite disappointed when I first saw it. I thought the fighting lacked intensity and the end seemed anti-climatic. It's not that the choreography is bad. Jet looks fit and is in great fighting shape for the film. However, there are no good one-on-one battles for him. His duel with Xiong Xin Xin in the street is short and disappointing, as is the finale against the head of the oil factory. The lion dance scenes are cool.

The story on the other hand, is really good. It has just the right amount of romance, humor, and historical background to sustain itself between the fight scenes. This would be the last of the truly historically relevant entries of the series, as the following films were either over-the-top or would not even focus on historical matters.

Overall, this is good watching. This is not one of Jet's greatest performances fighting-wise. The story makes up for it. Oh, and let me add that Rosamund Kwan is cuter than ever in this movie.


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