History Film / OnceUponATimeInChina

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.
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]].
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