Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

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Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

Synopsis:

Locals are concerned with the growing influence and presence of Westerners and foreigners in Fat-san. General Lau Wing-fuk of the Black Flag Army approaches Wong Fei-hung and requests that Wong helps him recruit and train a local militia of civilian martial artists to help defend the town. Among those recruited by Wong include the butcher “Porky” Wing and an American-educated Chinese called “Bucktooth” So.

Wong meets Siu-kwan, who is around the same age as him, and whom he addresses respectfully as “13th Aunt”. Although they are not direct blood relations, her father was a sworn brother of Wong’s grandfather and that technically makes her Wong’s elder. Romantic feelings between them gradually develop but it is considered to be taboo in traditional Chinese society and their relationship is often restrained.

Leung Foon arrives in town with a Chinese opera troupe to stage performances. He runs into some trouble with the Shaho Gang, which terrorises local businesses by demanding “protection money” from them. He accidentally runs into 13th Aunt and falls in love with her. After being fired from the opera troupe, Leung meets a martial artist called “Iron Robe” Yim and becomes Yim’s student. Yim wants to make his name and establish a martial arts school in Fat-san, but he knows that he must defeat Wong Fei-hung, the most powerful and famous martial artist in Fat-san in order to achieve that.

Starring: Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung, Rosamund Kwan, Kent Cheng, Jonathan Isgar, Steve Tartalia, Mark King.


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