Tuesday, October 9, 2007
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (1)
"Never was a hero needed more..."
For all the martial arts fans out there, if you haven't seen this movie, then you've missed out on an important landmark in this genre.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA(1) is the story of real life hero Wong Fei Hung, who stood up against the westernization of China in the early 19th century. Played by Jet Li, Wong Fei Hung sets out to defend his aunt and the rest of China in the only way he knows how; with Kung Fu.
Despite it's somewhat generic script, ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA(1) expands beyond the common Kung Fu flick and into the realm of emotions, politics and personal beliefs, shaping itself into a complete, groundbreaking movie.
Packed with incredible action by Jet Li in his prime, this film is a staple of the martial arts genre, as are its two successors to a lesser extent. Don't bother with the 4th and 5th installments of this series, their not worth it and seriously degenerated the uniqueness of this true story.
Released in 1991, ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA(1) stars Jet Li and Rosamund Kwan. Directed by Hark Tsui.