Once Upon a Time in China II

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Time Out says

Episode Two in Tsui Hark's project to do for late 19th century China what Sergio Leone did for the American West is a blast. This is the best action-adventure-comedy that Tsui has ever made, hence one of the year's most exhilarating entertainments. Young hero Wong Fei Hung travels from Hong Kong to Guangzhou in 1895 to attend a medical conference, and finds himself caught between Sun Yat-Sen's struggle to overthrow imperial rule and the hysterical xenophobia of the White Lotus Clan, a mystical 'boxer' sect. The entire film is a riff on East-West relations, and it implicitly questions China's present-day political competence and stability, but choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping's action set pieces are its true raison d'être.

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UK release:

1993

Duration:

123 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Tsui Hark

Cast:

Yen Chi Tan, David Chiang, Zhang Tielin, Max Mok, Rosemond Kwan, Jet Li, Xiong Xin Xin

Music:

Johnny Jio, Richard Yuen

Production Designer:

Cho King Man

Editor:

Mak Chi-Sin

Cinematography:

Arthur Wong

Screenwriter:

Carbon Cheung, Hanson Chan, Tsui Hark

Producer:

Ng See-Yuen, Tsui Hark

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