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Once Upon A Time In China Collection
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Once Upon A Time In China Collection

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Director: Tsui Hark

Cast: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Yuen Biao

 
Action star Jet Li stars in this spectacular series of films centering on the legendary character Wong Fei Hung, an enforcer of good in the China of the late 1800s. Directed by the highly acclaimed filmmaker Tsui Hark, the series follows the noble efforts of the healer and martial arts master as he attempts to protect those in need and keep peace with the Europeans

Overview

Action star Jet Li stars in this spectacular series of films centering on the legendary character Wong Fei Hung, an enforcer of good in the China of the late 1800s. Directed by the highly acclaimed filmmaker Tsui Hark, the series follows the noble efforts of the healer and martial arts master as he attempts to protect those in need and keep peace with the Europeans and their invading culture. The film incorporates narrative threads displaying romance, action-adventure, and comedy -- coupled with truly inspiring martial arts acrobatics. This three-disc set includes three feature films: Once Upon a Time in China, Once Upon a Time in China II, and Once Upon a Time in China III.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The ne plus ultra of Hong Kong cinema, this extraordinarily popular trilogy from director Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues) vividly chronicles China's uncertain advance into the Industrial Age, as seen through the eyes of the inimitable Wong Fei-Hung (martial arts superstar Jet Li, in the career-making role that made him Jackie Chan's strongest competitor). Although a real person, Wong became something of a folk hero -- like our own Davy Crockett -- whose fervent nationalism and defense of tradition underlie the actions he takes in these fast, furious, and frequently funny films. Part One shows Fei-Hung struggling against both fellow countrymen and outsiders to halt the slave trade, intensifying those efforts when his beloved Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan in a continuing characterization) is kidnapped. The second part pits Wong against the corrupt White Lotus Society, organized evildoers ostensibly bent on eliminating foreign influences in China. Part Three finds him in Beijing, competing in the prestigious Lion's Dance martial-arts tournament and foiling the schemes of a Russian diplomat. All three films share the same virtues: a sweeping view of Chinese history and tradition, clearly defined villains, colorful art direction, expert cinematography, and, above all, eye-popping martial-arts choreography. A sprawling saga dramatizing the exploits of a charismatic hero, the Once Upon a Time series represents Hong Kong cinema at its inventive, dynamic best. The DVD for Part One includes a commentary by film historian Ric Meyers, and the Part Three disc offers both English-dubbed and Chinese-language subtitled versions. Bonus trailers and talent files are also included.
Austin Chronicle
A tumultuous riot of inspired filmmaking. Marc Savlov

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
UPC:
0043396056756
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
5:59:00

Special Features

Bonus feature - English dubbed version; filmographies; bonus trailers

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:49]
2. Wong Meets Yee [2:42]
3. Yim [2:40]
4. A Duel [1:26]
5. The People's Representative [4:07]
6. "No More Fighting" [3:40]
7. Supreme Protector Vs. Wong [5:48]
8. Fire! [1:59]
9. A Witness [2:13]
10. Jackson Makes A Deal [2:45]
11. Chinese Opera [3:32]
12. Theatre Massacre [6:26]
13. Under Arrest [1:34]
14. "Help Me!" [3:09]
15. Three Lessons [3:23]
16. A Challenge [3:36]
17. Creating A Diversion [5:41]
18. Tong's Prisoner [5:05]
19. The Loyal Guards [2:35]
20. A Little Demonstration [1:45]
21. Rescue Attempt [4:03]
22. Master Vs. Student [2:33]
23. Wong Vs. Yim I [3:22]
24. Wong Vs. Yim II [4:25]
25. "Our Fight Is Over" [4:47]
26. Tiger Declawed [2:19]
27. Fighting The Devil [2:07]
28. Jackson's Last Stand [1:23]
Side#2: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA II
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [7:50]
2. Train Ride To Canton [6:53]
3. "arrest That Woman!" [2:19]
4. "i Am Wong Fei-hung" [2:34]
5. At The Inn [1:57]
6. Medical Conference [5:43]
7. Canton In Choas [3:36]
8. Canine Cuisine [1:46]
9. Martial Arts Instruction [2:47]
10. Message From Hong Kong [:36]
11. Informing The Magistrate [4:47]
12. The Language Institute [5:30]
13. City Hall Reception [5:34]
14. The British Consulate [3:18]
15. "all Foreign Devils Out!" [1:16]
16. Acupuncture Anesthesia [1:48]
17. Consulate Under Attack [2:28]
18. Teaching Yee Some Moves [5:36]
19. White Lotus Attack [2:45]
20. Defender Of Faith [3:12]
21. Killing The Consul [1:20]
22. Guests Of The White Lotus [4:58]
23. What Lotus Vs. Wong [3:21]
24. "come And Worship Me!" [3:20]
25. Kung Vs. Wong [1:52]
26. The Name List [7:47]
27. Wong Vs. The Commander [2:59]
28. The Spirit Lives On [9:58]
Side#3: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA III
0. Scene Selections
28. Wong Victorius [:59]
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. Floor 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]

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Once Upon A Time In China Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are always two parts to reviewing a foreign language DVD- the film itself and the presentation. These films excel in each category. Unlike most of the Jet Li films which have been brought over, these offer an original-language option. I also appreciate the ability to watch the films in widescreen. The good news is, these are some of Jet Li's finest films. They stand as strong films even without the martial arts. Buy these before you get 'Twin Warriors' or 'The Legend'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Movies!! There were excellent fight scenes and Jet Li was Awsome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best series ever produced...thats only im my opinion tho.