Donnie Yen (left) and Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). Yen revealed later that there had been no choreography for their pole fight, the finale and highlight of the film.
Donnie Yen (left) and Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). Yen revealed later that there had been no choreography for their pole fight, the finale and highlight of the film.

That Jet Li vs Donnie Yen pole fight in Once Upon a Time in China II, how Li walked off set in a contract row, and why Once Upon a Time in China III was less successful

  • Part 2 successfully expands on the first film’s themes of industrial progress, Chinese nationalism and conflict between Confucian values and those of the West
  • Despite continuing to explore the engaging ideas raised in the first two films, part 3 is let down mainly by its relatively disappointing action sequences

Donnie Yen (left) and Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). Yen revealed later that there had been no choreography for their pole fight, the finale and highlight of the film.
Donnie Yen (left) and Jet Li in a still from Once Upon a Time in China II (1992). Yen revealed later that there had been no choreography for their pole fight, the finale and highlight of the film.
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