Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

10/10 - One of the best martial arts films ever made
Reviewed by Simon on 01 December 2002

Tsui Hark's most accomplished work, which effectively reinvented the kung fu film, making a true star of Jet Li and changing the Hong Kong film industry overnight (almost every film made for the next 4 years was heavily influenced by it). Politics, romance, comedy and groundbreaking action choreography all rolled into a gorgeously made production make for a remarkably cohesive vision. Jet Li has never been better than when he plays Wong Fei Hung.

Once Upon A Time In China II is perhaps even better than the original, but the original rates higher for being the first :-)

Cast

Jet Li
Yuen Biao
Jacky Cheung
Rosamund Kwan
Kent Cheng
Yuen Gam-Fai
Yau Gin-Gwok
Wu Ma
Lau Shun
Yen Shi-Kwan
Yuen Cheung-Yan
Jimmy Wang Yu
Xiong Xin-Xin

Crew

Director
Tsui Hark
Action Director
Lau Kar-Wing
Yuen Shun-Yi
Yuen Cheung-Yan
Production Company
Golden Harvest
Writer
Tsui Hark
Yuen Gai-Chi
Producer
Tsui Hark
Cinematographer
Ardy Lam
Bill Wong Chung-Piu
David Chung
Arthur Wong
Editor
Marco Mak
Soundtrack
James Wong Jim

See also