• Movie: Once Upon a Time in China
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 1991
  • Duration: 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 322 users)
  • Ranked: #883
  • Popularity: #3791
  • Watchers: 541

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Once Upon a Time in China
Your Rating: 0/10
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 322 users
# of Watchers: 541
Reviews: 1 user
Ranked #883
Popularity #3791
Watchers 322

Set in late 19th century Canton, this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung against foreign forces' (English, French and American) plundering of China. When Aunt Yee arrives back from America totally westernised, Wong Fei-Hung assumes the role of her protector. This proves to be difficult when his martial arts school and local militia become involved in fierce battles with foreign and local government. As violence escalates even Aunt Yee has to question her new western ideals, but is it possible to fight guns with Kung Fu?

  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 1991
  • Duration: 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 322 users)
  • Ranked: #883
  • Popularity: #3791
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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4 people found this review helpful
Apr 4, 2012
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
I came across this movie when I was studying Chinese history, and Wikipedia mentioned this movie as having a historical background, so I decided to give it a go. The movie does have a historical background, though one does NOT need to know the history of China to be able to enjoy this movie.

Story 8/10: The only reason I didn't give this movie a 9 or a 10 is because it has no real twists. You know what's going to happen from the beginning, especially if you know Chinese history and how that turned out. I did love the characters though, even the evil ones were relateable in my opinion.

Acting 10/10: I have no qualms with the acting, and it was perfect. The only problem I had was I believe I watched a dubbed one ( either it was originally in Cantonese or Mandarin and then it was changed to the other since the voices/lips sometimes didn't match. Not too big of an issue though).

Music 7/10: The music wasn't outstanding. It was average. It didn't take away from the movie or add to it.

Rewatch Value 6/10: If you're a Martial Arts fan like I am, then this is something you could definitely rewatch as their are almost no twists int he movie.

Overall 8/10: This is a solid movie, not the greatest, but not bad either.

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