History Film / OnceUponATimeInChina

9th Sep '17 7:36:19 PM nightelf37
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[[IThoughtThatWas no, it's not a spin-off of]] ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Just look at the year of release.
8th Jun '17 1:15:03 PM Vahti
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The protagonist is Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung (played by the inimitable JetLi), philanthropic physician of the ''Po Chi Lam'' clinic and the greatest warrior of RealLife 1875 Canton. Possessing a skill in the Martial Arts that was matched only by his [[AllLovingHero kindness and mastery in healing]], Master Wong was respected by friend and foe alike, protecting the citizens of Canton from the predations of TheTriadsAndTheTongs and the greedy Western invaders who sought to exploit China's great riches. He inherits his father Wong Kit Ying's title as one of the Ten Tigers of Canton - the greatest warriors of Southern China.

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The protagonist is Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung (played by the inimitable JetLi), philanthropic physician of the ''Po Chi Lam'' clinic and the greatest warrior of RealLife 1875 Canton. Possessing a skill in the Martial Arts that was matched only by his [[AllLovingHero kindness and mastery in healing]], Master Wong was respected by friend and foe alike, protecting the citizens of Canton from the predations of TheTriadsAndTheTongs and the greedy Western invaders who sought to exploit China's great riches. He inherits his father Wong Kit Ying's Kei-Ying's title as one of the Ten Tigers of Canton - the greatest warriors of Southern China.



* YouLookFamiliar: Donnie Yen plays Wong Fei-Hung's father Yong Kit-Ying in the prequel ''Film/IronMonkey''. Ironically, he also played the villain General Narlan Yuenshu all the way back in ''Once Upon A Time In China 2'', who was '''killed by''' Wong Fei Hung.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Donnie Yen plays Wong Fei-Hung's father Yong Kit-Ying Wong Kei-Ying in the prequel ''Film/IronMonkey''. ''Film/IronMonkey'', a film about a young Wong Fei-Hung. Ironically, he also played the villain General Narlan Yuenshu all the way back in ''Once Upon A Time In China 2'', who was '''killed by''' Wong Fei Hung.Fei-Hung.
8th Jun '17 1:09:49 PM Vahti
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A prequel entitled ''Film/IronMonkey'' chronicles the adventures of Wong Fei-hung as a little boy with his father Doctor Wong Kit Ying, played by Donnie Yen, who would later rise to fame playing ''Film/IpMan.''
26th May '17 8:39:03 PM Az_Tech341
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The protagonist is Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung (played by the inimitable JetLi), philanthropic physician of the ''Po Chi Lam'' clinic and the greatest warrior of RealLife 1875 Canton. Possessing a skill in the Martial Arts that was matched only by his [[AllLovingHero kindness and mastery in healing,]] Master Wong was respected by friend and foe alike, protecting the citizens of Canton from the predations of TheTriadsAndTheTongs and the greedy Western invaders who sought to exploit China's great riches. He inherits his father Wong Kit Ying title as one of the Ten Tigers of Canton, the greatest warriors of Southern China.

The story begins when the love of his life, "13th Aunt" (not by relation, but because their fathers are sworn brothers) returns from a 3-year education in England. Though the perspective and charm derived from her western education fascinated Fei Hong, an awkwardness formed in their relationship as it clashed with his traditional eastern values. On that same day, a young unemployed-acrobat, Lian Kuang (played by Creator/JackieChan film veteran Yuen Biao), wanders into Canton seeking instruction in the martial arts. Instead, he blunders into and insults the Sha-Her ("Sand-River") Gang, a vicious Triad that terrorizes and fleeces the innocents of Canton, already destitute from simultaneous British and American exploitation.

A great warrior though Wong Fei Hong may be, he can only watch helplessly as the western government indiscriminately guns down countless innocent Chinese at an opera performance in an attempt to apprehend assassins targeting Western dignitaries. He is then framed for the crime by the Sha-her Gang, and confined to his clinic by his own government so he could heal those injured and dying from the massacre. Now unhindered, the Sha-her Gang start to kidnap scores of women to be sold into prostitution in America, and gain the alliance of Yen Jer Dong, a martial artist whose skin can be broken by no weapon. With Lian Quan as his apprentice, Master Yen seeks to break out of poverty by challenging Master Wong, to establish his school in Canton through the fame and respect of defeating the Tenth Tiger.

It is in this desperate climate that Doctor Wong Fei-hung must fight not only to save the people of his country, but also to reconcile with what it means to be a idealistic and heroic Chinese warrior in an increaingly cynical and westernized world.

''Once Upon a Time in China'' revitalized not only Jet Li's (then) flagging career, but revitalized credibility in Kung Fu and {{Wuxia}} cinema as a medium that is just as capable of conveying an emotionally rich and politically relevant story as ANY European Arthouse film, through a combination of magnificent cinematography, ''tour-de-force'' acting and a heartfelt and human story. This paved way for future films such as ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''Film/{{Hero}}''.

Followed by two more sequels starring JetLi, before a falling out between him and Tsui Hark that resulted in him being [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by 19 year old Zhao Weng Zhou]] in the next two films; Tsui and Li would not work together until they reconciled for ''Film/FlyingSwordsOfDragonGate'' 19 years later.

In the mean time Creator/JetLi does return to play Wong Fei Hong twice more in the embarrasing slapstick InNameOnly "sequel" ''Once Upon A Hero In China'' (which is completely seperate from the continuity of the first 3 films), before returning to the franchise proper in ''Once Upon A Time In China And America'', directed by SammoHung (who also choreographed the fight-scenes). In this film, the stage is moved to TheWildWest era San Francisco, creating a unique ([[Film/ShanghaiNoon for the time]]) {{Wuxia}} meets SpaghettiWestern film.

A prequel entitled ''Film/IronMonkey'' was released, chronicling the adventures of Wong Fei Hung as a little boy with his father Doctor Wong Kit Ying, played by Donnie Yen, who would later rise to fame playing ''Film/IpMan.''

''Once Upon a Time in China'' is worthy continuation in the legacy of Wong Fei Hung films, which presently count at over '''100''' films since the black-and-white era. Only time can tell if this glorious saga will continue.

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The protagonist is Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung (played by the inimitable JetLi), philanthropic physician of the ''Po Chi Lam'' clinic and the greatest warrior of RealLife 1875 Canton. Possessing a skill in the Martial Arts that was matched only by his [[AllLovingHero kindness and mastery in healing,]] healing]], Master Wong was respected by friend and foe alike, protecting the citizens of Canton from the predations of TheTriadsAndTheTongs and the greedy Western invaders who sought to exploit China's great riches. He inherits his father Wong Kit Ying Ying's title as one of the Ten Tigers of Canton, Canton - the greatest warriors of Southern China.

The story begins when the love of his life, "13th Aunt" (not by relation, but because their fathers are sworn brothers) brothers), returns from a 3-year education in England. Though the perspective and charm derived from her western education fascinated Fei Hong, fascinates Fei-hung, an awkwardness formed forms in their relationship relationship, as it clashed clashes with his traditional eastern values. On that same day, a young unemployed-acrobat, young, unemployed-acrobat - Lian Kuang (played by Creator/JackieChan film veteran Yuen Biao), Biao) - wanders into Canton seeking instruction in the martial arts. Instead, he blunders into and insults the Sha-Her ("Sand-River") Gang, Gang - a vicious Triad that terrorizes and fleeces the innocents of Canton, already destitute from simultaneous British and American exploitation.

A great warrior though Wong Fei Hong Fei-hung may be, he can only watch helplessly as the western government indiscriminately guns down countless many innocent Chinese at an opera performance in an attempt to apprehend assassins targeting Western dignitaries. He is then framed for the crime by the Sha-her Gang, Gang and confined to his clinic by his own government so he could heal those injured and dying from the massacre. Now unhindered, the Sha-her Gang start to kidnap scores of women to be sold into prostitution in America, America and gain the alliance of Yen Jer Dong, Dong - a martial artist whose skin can be broken by no weapon. With Lian Quan as his apprentice, Master Yen seeks to break out of poverty by challenging Master Wong, Wong to establish his school in Canton through the fame and respect of defeating the Tenth Tiger.

It is in this desperate climate that Doctor Wong Fei-hung must fight not only to save the people of his country, but also to reconcile with what it means to be a an idealistic and heroic Chinese warrior in an increaingly increasingly cynical and westernized world.

''Once Upon a Time in China'' revitalized not only Jet Li's (then) flagging fledgling career, but revitalized credibility in Kung Fu and {{Wuxia}} cinema as a medium that is just as capable of conveying an emotionally rich and politically relevant story as ANY any European Arthouse film, through a combination of magnificent cinematography, ''tour-de-force'' acting acting, and a heartfelt and human story. This paved the way for future films such as ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''Film/{{Hero}}''.

Followed by two more sequels starring JetLi, Creator/JetLi before a falling out between him and Tsui Hark that resulted in him being [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by 19 year old 19-year-old Zhao Weng Zhou]] in the next two films; Tsui and Li would not work together until they reconciled for ''Film/FlyingSwordsOfDragonGate'' ''Film/FlyingSwordsOfDragonGate'', 19 years later.

In the mean time time, Creator/JetLi does return to play Wong Fei Hong Fei-hung twice more in the embarrasing embarrassing slapstick InNameOnly "sequel" ''Once Upon A Hero In China'' (which is completely seperate separate from the continuity of the first 3 films), before returning to the franchise proper in ''Once Upon A Time In China And America'', directed by SammoHung (who also choreographed the fight-scenes). In this film, the stage is moved to TheWildWest era San Francisco, creating a unique ([[Film/ShanghaiNoon for the time]]) {{Wuxia}} meets SpaghettiWestern film.

A prequel entitled ''Film/IronMonkey'' was released, chronicling chronicles the adventures of Wong Fei Hung Fei-hung as a little boy with his father Doctor Wong Kit Ying, played by Donnie Yen, who would later rise to fame playing ''Film/IpMan.''

''Once Upon a Time in China'' is worthy a continuation in the legacy of Wong Fei Hung Fei-hung films, which presently count at include over '''100''' films since the black-and-white era. Only time can tell if this glorious saga will continue.
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4th Mar '17 3:55:13 PM StFan
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''Once Upon A Time In China'' is a 1991 wuxia martial arts film directed by Tsui Hark, a long time collaborator with Creator/JohnWoo.

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''Once Upon A a Time In in China'' is a 1991 wuxia martial arts film directed by Tsui Hark, a long time collaborator with Creator/JohnWoo.



''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' revitalized not only Jet Li's (then) flagging career, but revitalized credibility in Kung Fu and {{Wuxia}} cinema as a medium that is just as capable of conveying an emotionally rich and politically relevant story as ANY European Arthouse film, through a combination of magnificent cinematography, ''tour-de-force'' acting and a heartfelt and human story. This paved way for future films such as ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''Film/{{Hero}}''.

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''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' ''Once Upon a Time in China'' revitalized not only Jet Li's (then) flagging career, but revitalized credibility in Kung Fu and {{Wuxia}} cinema as a medium that is just as capable of conveying an emotionally rich and politically relevant story as ANY European Arthouse film, through a combination of magnificent cinematography, ''tour-de-force'' acting and a heartfelt and human story. This paved way for future films such as ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''Film/{{Hero}}''.



''Once Upon A Time In China'' is worthy continuation in the legacy of Wong Fei Hung films, which presently count at over '''100''' films since the black-and-white era. Only time can tell if this glorious saga will continue.
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''Once Upon A a Time In in China'' is worthy continuation in the legacy of Wong Fei Hung films, which presently count at over '''100''' films since the black-and-white era. Only time can tell if this glorious saga will continue.
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6th Feb '17 6:13:33 PM TheWanderer
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* FoxNewsLiberal: The majority of Westerners in the first film are portrayed as greedy, imperialistic, and jingoistic. However, the European priest in the movie is shown to genuinely want to help Wong and the people of China.

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* FoxNewsLiberal: The majority of Westerners in the first film are portrayed as greedy, imperialistic, and jingoistic. However, the European priest in the first movie is shown to genuinely want to help Wong and the people of China.China, and Wong cooperates with various Westerners in the second movie (including some doctors) who aren't bad guys by any means.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Wong is a doctor who will go out of his way to help people, even showing kindness to his enemies. That doesn't mean he won't unleash a brutal beatdown on anyone who deserves it/

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* GoodIsNotSoft: Wong is a doctor who will go out of his way to help people, even showing kindness to his enemies. That doesn't mean he won't unleash a brutal beatdown on anyone who deserves it/it.



* GunsAreUseless / GunsAreWorthless: Mostly averted, with historically (and [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreakingly]]) accurate [[RealityEnsues results.]]

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* GunsAreUseless / GunsAreWorthless: Mostly averted, with historically (and [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreakingly]]) accurate [[RealityEnsues results.]]]] Though they can be worthless when the troops using them are proud graduates of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.



*** And, even more ironically, those shooting are all proud graduates of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy



* KickTheDog: Second movie opening scene.
** More like Roast the Dog! And not in a cooking sort of way.

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* KickTheDog: Second movie Done almost literally in the opening scene.
** More like Roast
of the Dog! And not in second film, which features the White Lotus society burning all Western material and influences they can get their hands on... including a cooking sort of way.dog.



* LostInTranslation / SignificantHaircut: Yen Jer Dong's foe cutting his queue (braid) during his introductory fight. In the 1870s, the Queue was still a cumpolsory part of Chinese national identity, and cutting one (much less your own) was tantamount to treason.
** This makes Yen Jer Dong's desperate flailing of rage and pain [[IronicEcho as his OWN Queue was cut]] in his final battle with Wong Fei-Hung [[{{Tearjerker}} doubly heartbreaking]]; here we watch the absolute dissolution of a warrior and a man, desperately trying to cling to what little cultural-pride China has left to protect.



* ShownTheirWork / TheCastShowoff: Those are real martial arts moves being bandied about by Wong Fei-hung and his opponents.

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* ShownTheirWork / TheCastShowoff: Those are real ShownTheirWork: Real martial arts moves being bandied about that belong to the style used by Wong Fei-hung are employed by Jet Li. The moves of some of his opponents are also true to the styles of the times.
* SignificantHaircut: One that is probably LostInTranslation for most Western audiences; Yen Jer Dong's foe cutting his queue (braid) during his introductory fight. In the 1870s, the Queue was still a cumpolsory part of Chinese national identity,
and cutting one (much less your own) was tantamount to treason.
** This makes Yen Jer Dong's desperate flailing of rage and pain [[IronicEcho as
his opponents.OWN Queue was cut]] in his final battle with Wong Fei-Hung [[{{Tearjerker}} doubly heartbreaking]]; here we watch the absolute dissolution of a warrior and a man, desperately trying to cling to what little cultural-pride China has left to protect.
7th Jan '17 9:10:56 AM nombretomado
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''Once Upon A Time In China'' is a 1991 wuxia martial arts film directed by Tsui Hark, a long time collaborator with JohnWoo.

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''Once Upon A Time In China'' is a 1991 wuxia martial arts film directed by Tsui Hark, a long time collaborator with JohnWoo.
Creator/JohnWoo.
4th Jan '17 12:50:04 AM overman2099
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* FoxNewsLiberal: The majority of Westerners in the first film are portrayed as greed, imperialistic, and jingoistic. However, the European priest in the movie is shown to genuinely want to help Wong and the people of China.

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* FoxNewsLiberal: The majority of Westerners in the first film are portrayed as greed, greedy, imperialistic, and jingoistic. However, the European priest in the movie is shown to genuinely want to help Wong and the people of China.
4th Jan '17 12:48:44 AM overman2099
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* FoxNewsLiberal: The majority of Westerners in the first film are portrayed as greed, imperialistic, and jingoistic. However, the European priest in the movie is shown to genuinely want to help Wong and the people of China.
10th Dec '16 7:54:52 PM SpectralTime
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* EnemyMine: General Nar-Lan Yuen-Shu cooperates with the White Lotus Society criminals to have an excuse to enter the Western compound where Sun Wen is offering his services after they storm the place, so that he can root out the revolutionary.
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