- Actors: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung, Kent Cheng
- Directors: Tuis Hark
- Producers: Tuis Hark
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Dutch
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Hong Kong Legends
- DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2001
- Run Time: 128 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000050YJZ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Once Upon a Time in China--Special Collector's Edition [DVD]
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DVD Special Features:
English (dubbed) or Cantonese audio options
Subtitles in English or Dutch
Digitally remastered and restored DVD transfer
16:9 anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs
AC3 5.1 digital audio
Feature-length commentary with Bey Logan and Mark King
Animated biography showcase
Original theatrical trailer
UK promotional trailer
Production photo gallery
The first of a popular series (six in all) starring the charismatic and athletically adept Jet Li. Li plays legendary folk hero Wong Fei Hong, a late 19th-century southern Chinese healer and kung fu master. The story begins with Western powers (American, British and French) encroaching on the city of Canton. Wong is asked by the Black Flag army to safeguard the town by creating his own militia of kung fu experts. His assistants include the butcher "Porky" (Kent Cheng), a Chinese-American named Bucktooth So (Jacky Cheung) and his westernised "Auntie" Yee (Rosamund Kwan), a non-blood-related childhood friend for whom he holds a special affection. But the Westerners aren't the only problem in Canton. The ShaHo gang terrorises local businesses and has begun dealing with the Americans in exporting Chinese for slave labour and prostitution. A down-on-his-luck kung fu master named Iron Vest Yim (Yan Yee Kwan) has decided he needs to defeat Wong to open a school and Leung Fu (Jackie Chan contemporary Yuen Biao), a travelling opera troupe groupie, just keeps getting in the way. This epic martial-arts film showcases Li's amazing fighting and acrobatic skills and established Tsui Hark as a top-notch action film director. The final fight scene between Wong and Yim entails a dizzying orchestration of kicks and punches while teeter-tottering on ladders. The DVD features star bios, filmographies, trailers and clips from early Wong Fei Hong films that starred veteran actor Kwan Tak Hing. --Shannon Gee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Wong Fei-Hung was a real-life legendary Chinese hero who was not only a master of Hung Gar kung-fu but an accomplished doctor who opened his own clinic, which has been named Po Chi Lam (although sometimes it has been spelt Bo Chi Lam); the name has survived to this day. Fei-Hung has had over 100 movies made that featured someone playing him, although Hong Kong veteran Kwan Tak-Hing was more synonymous with him (he played him in Sammo Hung's MAGNIFICENT BUTCHER movie, for example).
In this movie, which spawned many sequels and a spin-off TV series that starred Chiu Man Cheuk ('The Black Sheep Affair', 'Body Weapon'), Wong Fei-Hung is played by the brilliant Jet Li ('Kiss Of The Dragon', 'Romeo Must Die'). Set in late 19th-Century China, it tells of the story of China seemingly being overrun with foreigners such as Americans and British people, complete with their foreign machines -- in particular one that would potentially jeopardise the effectiveness of kung-fu: the dreaded gun! Fei-Hung, a traditional leader with traditional views, must learn to embrace the rapidly-changing China, but can he do so without compromising his values?
This movie scores on many counts: superb acting, attention to detail and production values (for a Hong Kong movie with the comparatively limited budgets); characters develop brilliantly (a trait that follows into its sequels, particularly the relationship between Fei-Hung and 13th Aunt Peony, played by the beautiful Rosamund Kwan); some stunning camerawork and (of course!Read more ›
In terms of cinematic brilliance, this film is surpassed only by its sequel, and the final fight scene is probably the greatest ever filmed.
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.
The opening and ending scene of kung fu exercises being done on a beach with the sun either risng or setting is great cinematography. The viewer is teased, hooked, impressed by the dance-like very disciplined movements. As the story unfolds, one sees how the Western influences are pitted against the Chinese traditional culture, with the Americans exploiting the Chinese as slave labor. It turns out, the local authorities are blind to the problems ... Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) creates a local movement to fight neighborhood corruption. He is challenged by a disgruntled down on his luck kung fu expert, Iron Fist Yim (Yan Kee Kwan) who wants to establish a school of his own and put Wong Fei Hung out of business ... Wong Fei Hung is challenged by a distant gang who cause rebellions for which he is blamed as they establish authority in the area. His honor and reputation are at stake. Aunt Yee, a female relative by marriage but not by blood, returns from England, in Western styled clothes, who appreciates the technology and advances achieved in the West.Read more ›
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Probably the best chinese film ever made. The film quality has evolved a lot since the bruce lee and jackie chan days (plot, acting, sets, directing). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This film redefines The word "disaster" and is a tragic Chinese attempt to give it a western flavour. Read morePublished 21 months ago by pietbergy
A good c/d came in good condition,price was good,The only side to it was it took awhile to arrive.Published 22 months ago by Pete
Excellent film, Jet Li has to be classed as one of the Hong Kong greats. Always a pleasure to watch.Published on 18 May 2013 by Mike
This has to be one of Jet Li's best films of all time. Stunning action scenes, brilliant direction from the great Tsui Hark and a fine music score which was used again in many of... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2009 by A. J. Harrison