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Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Once Upon a Time in China and America





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Martial arts master/doctor Wong Fei-hung (a familiar character in Hong Kong cinema) and his gang find adventure amidst the cowboys and Indians of the American West. The sixth in the enormously popular "Once Upon a Time in China" series of Hong Kong action films that was created by director Tsui Hark in 1991, this episode takes an entirely new direction for the series; it features plenty of broad comedy in the first half (though whether or not it was intentional is debatable), eye-popping stunts and excitement. In another unusual turn, it was also shot with scenes in English as well as the standard Cantonese. Wong's adventure's begins when he and his gang sail to San Francisco to oversee the latest branch of their Bo Chi Lam. They find a country where the Chinese are exploited and despised. Soon after arriving, the courageous Wong (Jet Li) loses his memory after the daring rescue of Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan), Wong's long-time love, who was just about to fall from a cliff. Separated from his group, the amnesiac Master Wong ends up with a tribe of Native Americans (all of whom are obviously white), who adopt him. Though they too know martial arts (as do the cowboys Wong encounters), but are no match for Wong, who proves his skill by single-handedly braving the spears, kicks and chops of an enemy tribe. Eventually, Wong reconnects with Aunt Yee and his gang; together they go on to have more adventures and battle a number of evil villains. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
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On DVD: Jul 11, 2000


Jet Li
as Wong Fei-hung
Rosamund Kwan
as Aunt Yee
Joe Sayah
as Black Bart
Christa Belle Eucht
as Indian Princess
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time in China and America

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time in China and America


I'm happy to see Jet Li returned to his main character as Wong Fei Hung in this next adventure since part 3. The frequent fight scenes (choreographed by director Sammo Hung) are as exciting as ever. Jet's cool bullet-dodging in the climactic fight is fun, but only real highlight is the scene where Fei Hung's loyal comrade Seven attempts to cure his master's amnesia by fighting him in the styles of villains from the previous films.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Great period pic!

Khris N

Super Reviewer

Jackie Chan had planned on making Shaghai Noon for years before he eventually did with Owen Wilson. Of those numerous times he attempted it, 1997 was an especially interesting year. While going into production, Sammo Hung and Tsui Hark made Once Upon a Time in China and America, and took the story Chan was originally going to use and applied it to the Wong Fei Hung character. Jackie had to change certain things about his movie-i.e: the old west setting, which became Africa-, and his production eventually became 1997's Who am I? Shanghai Noon followed in the new millenium. This, though, is quite decent. It was filmed in Texas, btw.

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