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Its real strengths are its choreography, its flashes of wit, and its all-round exuberance.
A witty, extravagantly picturesque homage to Sergio Leone.
Gets better as it goes along, building up to a prolonged shipboard finale.
A truly dazzling achievement, even measured against Tsui's own considerable accomplishments...
Beautiful Hong Kong movie. Wonderful story about the technological invasion, and outstanding fight scenes.
Brilliant commentary elevates entertaining Hong Kong action flick to must-see status.
It is not believable, but it is fun to watch.
Not an outstanding example of the genre.
Not perfect in an objective critical sense, but it's a masterpiece of the genre.
Successfully pays homage to ancient tradition and history by making it entertaining and interesting to non-Chinese audiences.
Tsui's camera lurches, pinwheels and whirligigs all over the place to catch every move perfectly.
The editing here is far from good, and the continuity is constantly thrown off from one shot to the next; we're talking about different positioning of objects, object-size changes, characters disappearing and re-appearing.
The iconic theme song of this Wong Fei Hung trilogy defined "heroic" for my generation of Chinese kids. Revisited this childhood staple with my family on New Year's Eve. With the comedy, nonstop action, romance and stirring story of overcoming oppression, this is another all-in-one Hong Kong miracle product from Tsui Hark. Jet Li looked great in this film, that face is just so righteous. And you get to see him in a 3-piece suit at the end!
The dialogue was beautiful and rousingly poetic, that's something non-Chinese speaking audiences will lose. The common saying "Ren yi shi feng ping lang jing, tui yi bu hai kuo tian kong" translates to: "Bear it for a while to calm the wind and still the waves, retreat a step to broaden the sea and clear the sky" explains why the Chinese people often swallow their pride to avoid confrontation for the 'greater good'. Until the red-blooded, patriotic Doctor Wong Fei Hung comes along and yells at China to wake up and stand up to their Manchurian and foreign conquerors, to bleed for their motherland.
The film is a bit too long at 2+ hours. It won't bore you, but you have to go into it prepared for a LotR-type epic.
While I am still getting used to Hong Kong films, this was a surprisingly good critique of western civilization and the chaos that it breeds. Hark finds clever ways to show how the eastern spirit has been drowned out by the sounds modernity. Also, not being an action fan, I was oddly really enraptured by the Kung fu.
mesmerizing. easily some of the greatest martial arts sequences ever filmed. the story is epic and entirely engaging, the camera work is excellent, and the fight scene at the dock at the end of the film is one of my favorite in all of film history. a wonderful kung fu film and one of li's best.
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