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Once Upon a Time in China III
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Once Upon a Time in China III

Director: Tsui Hark, Rosamund Kwan, Jet Li, Lau Shun

Cast: Tsui Hark, Rosamund Kwan, Jet Li, Lau Shun

 

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Tsui Hark directs Jet Li in his third time out as Wong Fei-Hung in Once Upon a Time in China 3. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Mandarin and Cantonese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include

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Tsui Hark directs Jet Li in his third time out as Wong Fei-Hung in Once Upon a Time in China 3. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Mandarin and Cantonese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include filmographies, bonus trailers, and an English dubbed soundtrack. This is a solid release that will please Li's many fans, and would be a good introduction for any wishing to experience the best of modern kung-fu action cinema.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Martial-arts superstar Jet Li once again assumes the role of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hung in this richly satisfying sequel, the third installment of the wildly successful, Hong Kong-produced series. Still crusading for the preservation of Chinese tradition in the face of changing times and foreign intervention, Wong is intent on foiling the schemes of an ambitious Russian diplomat (played by John Wakefield). With his beautiful but troublesome Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan) in tow, Fei-Hung arrives in Peking to compete in the prestigious Lion's Dance martial-arts tournament, hoping to restore his diminished family honor by defeating the vicious "Clubfoot" (Xiong Xinxin), who brutally assaulted his father. As always, the direction of Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues) is calibrated to keep viewers on the edge of their seats during the elaborately choreographed action set-pieces, but in this entry he also pays more than usual attention to the nationalistic theme that runs throughout the series. Li plays Fei-Hung with his customary mix of innocence and determination, and his quest to rehabilitate the family honor lends added intensity to the characterization. Sporting what are perhaps the best fight sequences in the whole trilogy, China 3 will provide rousing entertainment even for those unfamiliar with Chinese history or culture. This new DVD offers an English-dubbed version of the film along with the Chinese-language, subtitled edition; it also includes talent files and bonus trailers.
All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
The promise of the Once Upon a Time in China series becomes fully realized in this third chapter, as it features the most ambitious story and epic size yet. After an incredibly choreographed, colorful opening sequence, the film never lets up, maintaining the tight pace where the other chapters in the series had failed. Returning once again as all-around hero Wong Fei Hung is the always charming Jet Li along with series director, Tsui Hark. This third entry sees Hark further refining his skills as a director with a wonderfully unique flair for outrageous visuals and a knack for filming breathtaking action sequences. Once Upon a Time in China III also sees a triumph for Hark, as it is by far the most streamlined of the series and has fewer embarrassing attempts at comedy than the other two entries. Chapter three manages to outperform its predecessors on the action level as well. Designed by Yuen Woo Ping protégé Yuen Bun, action sequences like the one where Wong (Li) has a slip-sliding sword fight on a wet floor are sure to make any fan of over-the-top action drool. As with all Once Upon a Time in China films, Li and Hark save the best moments for last as Wong has his final action-packed heroic moments against the mind blowing backdrop of tons of fire-breathing Chinese dragons. Made years before the American success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Once Upon a Time in China III, is truly a mighty martial arts masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
UPC:
0043396056749
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
15,606

Special Features

Widescreen presentation; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; English-dubbed version; Filmographies; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:54]
2. Peking Railway Station [3:30]
3. A Misunderstanding [2:11]
4. A Challenge! [5:27]
5. Marriage Plans [:43]
6. Proper Posture [2:41]
7. Shy With Father [1:57]
8. Steam Heat [1:49]
9. Peacekeeper [5:46]
10. Letter for the President [1:23]
11. Rickshaw chase [5:19]
12. Yee's Magic Box [4:49]
13. Triad Procession [9:54]
14. Spear Fight [6:14]
15. Double Agent [1:00]
16. Sam Siu Restaurant [4:28]
17. A Jealous Guy [2:08]
18. Pride & The Passion [2:03]
19. Galloping Tintypes [3:02]
20. Last Supper [5:11]
21. Fllor Show [2:32]
22. Candid Camera [4:05]
23. The Lion King Contest [4:43]
24. Only A Game [9:36]
25. "Why'd You Betray Me?" [5:16]
26. The Signal [2:50]
27. Assassin Assassinated [:37]
28. Wong Victorius [:59]

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