"Once Upon A Time In China"
Directed by Tsui Hark
Jet Li stars in the film that launched one of Hong
Kong's most successful movie series. The martial arts superstar plays Wong
Fei-hung, a legendary Chinese nationalist defender who has been the
inspiration for countless films from Hong Kong and mainland China. Set in
19th century Canton, the film follows the hero as he battles foreign
plunderers and corrupt Chinese officials. Five sequels followed. Also
starring Yuen Biao and Rosamund Kwan. "...equal parts anti-imperialist
tract, gleeful exploration of melodramatic violence, comic folk tale, and
wistful quest for spiritual unity" (Howard Hampton, Film Comment).
Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. 134 minutes.