Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China. Tsui Hark’s 1991 film revitalised the martial arts film genre with a fast editing technique, and Li’s kung fu skills quickly saw him compared with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Jet Li’s star turn in Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark film that revitalised Hong Kong martial arts cinema

  • Cantonese hero Wong Fei-hung is the subject of Tsui’s film, portrayed, surprisingly for some, by northern Chinese actor Jet Li. His kung fu skills won over fans
  • The story is about more than martial arts – Wong is shown trying in vain to defend Chinese culture – but its action scenes and dazzling finale make it memorable
Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China. Tsui Hark’s 1991 film revitalised the martial arts film genre with a fast editing technique, and Li’s kung fu skills quickly saw him compared with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
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