Sunday, 31 May 2009

Once Upon A Time In China

Dir: Tsui Hark
Starring: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan
Year: 1991

Narry B wasn't around when China was feeling the strain from foreign influence but fortunately Jet Li was there with his camera.

There's not much to say about this film. History, politics, romance, action, a guy being hit on the head with a pork joint; Once Upon a Time has it all. The only drawback is perhaps that it tries to do and say too much which takes away from Jet Li's stunning skills as an actor and acrobat.

Word up to director Tsui Hark who did an excellent job of recreating old China, and adding some artistic touches that would clearly inspire Crouching Tiger/Hero/The Medallion etc.

Considerably better than the sequels.

Top Work!

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