History Film / OnceUponATimeInChina

8th Nov '16 4:51:06 PM nombretomado
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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 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.

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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 JackieChan 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.
2nd Nov '16 3:49:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Every warrior in this series, especially Wong Fei-hung himself.
26th Oct '16 12:35:43 PM Larkmarn
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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 {{Wuxia}} meets SpaghettiWestern film.

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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.
3rd Oct '16 6:38:32 PM Bissek
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* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Once Upon A Time In China 4'' and ''5'' (wherein Jet Li was replaced by Zhao Weng Zhou) have for all intents and purposes being disowned from the continuity, so much so that in the new ''Complete Once Upon A Time In China Blu-Ray Colletion'' release, only the first-three and the sixth (the ones starring Jet Li) are included in the package. The less said about ''Once Upon A Hero In China'', wherein Jet Li dresses up as a giant rooster to fight a centipede fomration, the better.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Once Upon A Time In China 4'' and ''5'' (wherein Jet Li was replaced by Zhao Weng Zhou) have for all intents and purposes being disowned from the continuity, so much so that in the new ''Complete Once Upon A Time In China Blu-Ray Colletion'' release, only the first-three and the sixth (the ones starring Jet Li) are included in the package. The less said about ''Once Upon A Hero In China'', wherein Jet Li dresses up as a giant rooster to fight a centipede fomration, formation, the better.



* CulturalPosturing: Subverted. While the series clearly runs on mild nationalism, it also points out in the second film that ''none'' culture or civilization is inheritently better - [[AnAesop we are all humans and should help each other, regardless of race, country or language]].

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* CulturalPosturing: Subverted. While the series clearly runs on mild nationalism, it also points out in the second film that ''none'' culture or civilization is inheritently inherently better - [[AnAesop we are all humans and should help each other, regardless of race, country or language]].
21st Jun '16 3:40:09 PM Bissek
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* {{Leitmotif}}: As of this movie, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2V4OZhkL3s "A Man of Determination"]] has become Wong Fei-Hung's official battle theme.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: As of this movie, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2V4OZhkL3s com/watch?v=ThifXbelTWw "A Man of Determination"]] has become Wong Fei-Hung's official battle theme.
12th Feb '16 9:56:07 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalVillainupgrade: A few different places. Just to start, there was no massacre in Canton at the time or in the manner the movie portrays.

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* HistoricalVillainupgrade: HistoricalVillainUpgrade: A few different places. Just to start, there was no massacre in Canton at the time or in the manner the movie portrays.
4th Feb '16 6:38:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouLookFamiliar: Donnie Yen plays Wong Fei-Hung's father Yong Kit-Ying in the prequel ''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 in the prequel ''IronMonkey''.''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.
4th Feb '16 6:37:45 AM Morgenthaler
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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 ''Once Upon A Time In China''' China'' is a 1991 wuxia martial arts film directed by Tsui Hark, a long time collaborator with JohnWoo.
4th Feb '16 6:36:11 AM Morgenthaler
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In the mean time 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 {{Wuxia}} meets SpaghettiWestern film.

A prequel entitled ''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 ''IpMan.''

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In the mean time JetLi 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 {{Wuxia}} meets SpaghettiWestern film.

A prequel entitled ''IronMonkey'' ''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 ''IpMan.''Film/IpMan.''
1st Nov '15 3:46:25 PM Kurogane7
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* {{Leitmotif}}: As of this movie, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2V4OZhkL3s "A Man of Determination"]] has become Wong Fei-Hung's official battle theme.
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