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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 ... 13th Aunt
Siu Chung Mok ... Leung Foon
Xin Xin Xiong ... Ghost Foot Seven
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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

(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 »

Alternate Versions

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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Followed by Once Upon a Time in China IV (1993) See more »

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A little dull, action-wise.
10 March 2004 | by megadoomerSee all my reviews

As far as the fighting is concerned, I thought that this one was a little unimpressive. It's pretty slow, overall. I'd really only recommend it to big fans of the first two. There are some good bits of humor and we see some actual romance between Wong Fei-Hung and Aunt 13, but I don't think that that sort of thing is the main reason we watch this sort of movie. And even if it were, there's just too little of it.

I really think that Jet Li's talents are wasted when you try to use goofy camera angles to make it look like he's doing superhuman feats. The man is practically superhuman already. I think you're better off showing off the amazing things that he can do rather than focusing on trying to make him look like a cartoon. I'm sure that his work in the movie was very demanding, but it just didn't come off as too impressive on the screen in my opinion.

And way too much lion dancing.


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