Once Upon A Time In China, is a breath taking epic story, ivolving love, patriotism, brutality, honour, nobility and morals. Tsui Hark directs masterfully and wonderfully creates scenes of passion and intricacies. Set in China at the start of the last century, Hark portrays a country in much confusion, under threat from the outside world, of which little is known, and from within. The people within the story are lost and chaotic. Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) is a rock in a raging sea, and dispite his best efforts has little control over the ever growing turmoil spewing around him.
Emotions are strained and love is invoked, by the beautiful and charming Rosamund Kwai. The support to Li is impecable, of note Yuen Biao.
Some of the most memorable photographic shots I have seen are contained in this film. I cannot speek high enough of it.
Wong Fei Hung was a 'kung fu' master of great esteem, know famously for developing the 'shadowless kick'. More films have been made about this remarkable man, than any other figure past or present.