Once Upon a Time in China: The Next Chapters (1993)
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This Jet Li Wong Fei Hung adventure must have served as inspiration for Jackie Chan's later and superior SHANGHAI NOON.The scenes where the hero fights Red Indians and the character of the blond cowboy sidekick who fights alongside the hero were almost duplicated in the Chan vehicle.What spoils this movie is the once again over prevalent use of wires in the fight sequences which always casts doubts in my mind as to how good a martial artist Jet Li really is.Let's face it,you could make a porker like Dan Aykroyd look like a fighting fury using this technique and I wonder why it is that Li relies on them so much.That said there is a great deal of well staged fight action in this otherwise entertaining movie courtesy of Sammo Hung and not too much of the excruciatingly poor comic relief that so often mars Hong Kong action movies.A downside is Li's awful bald apart from a ponytail hairstyle which frankly makes him look ridiculous and which is why I was unable to take him seriously until I saw him in FIST OF LEGEND(which remains his best movie).Some of the heavies in this movie and their dialogue is straight out of BLAZING SADDLES and this film really is only a showcase for fights and serves no other purpose(not that there is anything wrong with that)
The Once Upon a Time In China saga is not to be missed. Some of Jet Li's best work along with little slices of Chinese history and culture.
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