YMMV: Once Upon a Time in China
- Crowning Music of Awesome - "To Be A Hero", the heart-stirring theme song of the franchise, based on the traditional Chinese Ballad Jiang Jun Ling (General's Orders). A hot-blooded song that tells you to "shine brighter than the sun!"
- Be careful - it's a potent Ear Worm.
- Even Better Sequel - Part 2.
- Retroactive Recognition - Marvelous as Donnie Yen's performance as Anti-Villain General Narlan Yuenshu was in Once Upon A Time In China 2 (in which he actually won the Best Supporting Actor Trophy of the Hong Kong Oscars in 1993), nobody expected him to rise to the success of portraying Wing-Chun master Ip Man almost 15 years later.....
- Unconventional Learning Experience: Even if the series runs on Rule of Cool and Artistic License – History, it still neatly covers the final years of Imperial China. Never heard about unequal treaties? Or maybe the fact that China was ruled by Manchurians? Or how Western powers tried to slice pieces of China for themselves? Then please, take a seat.