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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!
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...
Published on 15 Mar 2002 by Mr. A. T. Whitaker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time in China
This is a very good follow up Once Upon a Time in China but it lacks action and I found the actor who has taken over as the Foon character very anoying.

Jet Li is as usual great as is Tsui Hark' direction but as stated the action is very limited, Jet Li has one little fight in the first 50 plus minutes and then at end there is the main fight sequence against...
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by A. J. Harrison


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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
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This review is from: Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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. Both Donnie Yen and Xin-Xin Xiong provide some stunning combat scenes that you'll want to look at again and again.
Contains both English Dubbed and Cantonese Subtitled versions on the DVD (I prefer the latter), as well as extras including interviews with Jet Li and Donnie Yen (who speaks very good English and is at the time of writing working on the sequel to the Wesley Snipes 1998 'Blade' movie).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating continuance of the OUATIC series!!!, 28 May 2001
This review is from: Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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.
Incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 12 Feb 2002
This review is from: Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST KUNG FU EVER, 10 Sep 2001
This review is from: Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Many thought that it was impossible to top the experience of Once Upon a Time in China. But with this sequel, Tsui Hark has brought the martial arts genre to a new level. The story is simple Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) travels to Canton with Auntie Yee and Fu to attend a medical seminar. Here he gets embroiled with the xenophobic White Lotus Sect, while protecting the pro-democracy activist Dr Sun from the clutches of the evil government official (Donnie Yen). The first two thirds of the film promotes the virtues of Chinese culture (notably medicine), while setting up the plot for the final showdown. Here Wong Fei Hung defeats the White Lotus Sect single-handed in a series of acrobatic set pieces. Then to top that there is the final confrontation with Donnie Yen. Intense does not begin to describe this fight. Tsui Hark brings this fight to such a fever pitch, that come the Chinese pole vs. wet cloth stick finale, you are convinced that these two men are fighting to the death. This is one of the greatest on screen duels of all time. The photography in this film is sumptuous. Tsui Harks camera work makes Martin Scorsese's look anaemic. The use of music is fantastic and will have you humming the theme tune for days afterwards. Finally one cannot help but think that this film was a parable about the Hong Kong Chinese's fears about reunification.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jet-Li in one of his many fine adventures as wong fei hung, 8 Mar 2000
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Jet Li Plays the legendary Kung Fu Master Wong Fei Hung in the action packed epic. Focusing on the Rise of the chinese civil war at the turn of this century Wong Fei Hung must battle against the evil white lotus sect to save chine from ultimate humiliation and start a war but at the same time is helping the revolutionaries to overthrow the english. Aided by his trusty student Fu and his lovely auntie (whom has fallen in love with wong) Jet Li continues to kick ass out of everyone without getting hit himself at all.
Stunning stunts fantastic plot and extremly exciting
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3.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time in China, 1 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Once Upon A Time In China 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very good follow up Once Upon a Time in China but it lacks action and I found the actor who has taken over as the Foon character very anoying.

Jet Li is as usual great as is Tsui Hark' direction but as stated the action is very limited, Jet Li has one little fight in the first 50 plus minutes and then at end there is the main fight sequence against the White Locus clan and then the legendary one on one fight against Donnie Yen.

A entertaining film with a good story to keep people intrested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time In China 2, 29 Jun 2012
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I have the whole set of Once Upon A Time In China. Each film is great on it's own but as a set they are brilliant. Jet Li has made some good action films but this is him at his best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good delivery shame about case, 15 Mar 2012
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I recently bought these using standard delivery and I must say the speed was superb, I go them the very next day (obviously first class) even though it doesn't state this. The DVD is clean with no scratches however the case isn't in the cleanest or tidiest state (I know its used) I have bought used before but this case has leftovers of glue stains along with minor cracks but interior is all immaculate.

The movies is very strong especially the fight scene between Donnie Yen and Jet Li, thoroughly enjoyed it! Why not buy it, its only £1 or so!!! :)
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