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Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD]

Jet Li , Rosamund Kwan , Hark Tsui    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Donnie Yen, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Tan Cheung, Tin-suen Chan
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Raymond Chow, See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KH50
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Like its predecessor, Once Upon a Time in China 2 stars Jet Li as Wong Fei Hung, this time pitched against the xenophobic White Lotus cult, which is violently trying to rid China of foreigners (the period is the early 20th century). To complicate matters, he also finds himself fighting against the reactionary Chinese government.

The martial arts battles, in particular one against co-star Donnie Yen as the government's strongman, are everything connoisseurs could wish for. Jet Li is not only acrobatic; he has a powerful screen presence that makes him a convincing hero. Production values, including sets and costumes, are excellent. The only flaw, at least to Western eyes, is the comedy, which has corny jokes about eating dog meat and so forth.

On the DVD: the DVD is in widescreen format, with high-quality picture and sound and well-produced subtitles. The extras are well worth having, and include a lengthy scroll-down text biography of Jet Li, interviews with the star and with Donnie Yen, and a very informative audio commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan. --Ed Buscombe

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This sequel to 'Once Upon a Time in China' once again stars Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung, defending Imperial China against invading foreigners using his martial art skills. In addition, he has to confront Kung (Xin Xin Xiong), a rival equal in skill, if not in honour, and protect Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan), his beloved aunt-by-proxy.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel? Surely not? But it's true! 15 Mar 2002
This sequel to the brilliant and critically-acclaimed Once Upon A Time In China continues this variation on the legend of Wong Fei-Hung as he visits Canton and somehow gets embroiled in the battle against the White Lotus cult, whose martial-art expert leader (played by Xin-Xin Xiong, who actually doubled for Li in the original following a nasty injury Li picked up) has found a way (which I won't reveal here, as it's a pretty major plot-point) to deal with the foreign guns.
Also opposing Fei-Hung is the government General, played by the martial-arts-gifted Donnie Yen ('In The Line Of Duty', 'Iron Monkey'), who has been seen as the closest in ability and speed to Bruce Lee, thus making him a worthy foe for Jet Li in his second outing in the series as Wong Fei-Hung.
Like its predecessor, the acting, the attention to detail and the development in the characters has not been compromised, and the action sequences are every bit as delightful as before (but would you expect anything less from Yuen Woo-Ping, choreographer of 'The Matrix' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'?). The developing bond between 13th Aunt Peony Yee (Rosamund Kwan reprising her role) and Fei-Hung takes another step further, much to the latter's surprise.
One flaw that may slightly upset fans (I know it upset the actor at the time) was the departure of Yuen Biao from the series after the original as the character Foon, who is played from this movie onwards by Mok Siu Chung. While Mok adds comedy to the role, fans may miss Biao's incredible acrobatics and frightening kicking ability.
While the story itself may not be quite up to the standard of the first, this is still class, and is different enough to warrant a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After having seen "Once Upon A Time In China I", I was convinced that the continuation of this epic story line, (no matter whom took the role of director) could not be bettered . Obviously, I was mistaken as Tsui Hark took this captivating series to another level.
Just to give a brief summary, Foon and Aunt 13 travel to Canton which at that time is struggling with riotous behaviour caused solely by the White Lotus Nationalist group. Confronted with Aunt 13's western ways (which they dislike) all-out mayhem ensues.
Unlike many Martial Art films, the story line is enchanting and captures the imagination, exploring aspects of Chinese history as well as its unique culture and sharply contrasting it with western culture. It blends beautiful picturesque scenery with amazing choreographed fight sequences which has come to be a hallmark of Yuen Woo-Ping's work.
Fan of Jet Li, or the undeniably brilliant Donnie Yen? Appreciate "Once Upon A Time In China I" or films such as "Iron Monkey" ? Then this film is an essential addition to the collection and I urge you to see it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest martial arts movie ever made 27 Sep 2001
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Tsui Hark and Jet Li somehow manage to top the breathtaking Once Upon A Time In China with this epic sequel. The story and direction are better than I'd dared to hope and the inclusion of the brilliant Donnie Yen results in two of the greatest battles in movie history.
If you're a kung fu fan, you MUST own this, and if you're not, maybe this series will conform you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 12 Feb 2002
In nearly every occasion it is difficult to say a sequel is equally or better than the original, however Once Upon a Time in China II is an exception to this rule. Incredible choreography from the start through to the final showdown this is a kung-fu film that will set the standard in any collection along side the original.
You will not regret purchasing this film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great martial art 28 Mar 2000
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I'll just do a sum up. The fighting sequence is so good (better than The Matrix, and more realistic too). The story tells the way the Chinese view the European very well. Many Europeans today still don't know why China is not very friendly with the west. See this movie (and the first movie in this series too) and you'll understand why. The story is good too (I love the fight scene more than the story anyway). The real Master Wong probably didnot involve so much in the incident of this movie. But he is still a legendary master and that's why they make a film with him as a lead. Jet Lee and Donnie Yen fight near the end of the film must be seen to be believed.
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