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Once Upon A Time In China

Its Origin
Hong Kong

Running Time
128 mins

Genre(s)
Martial Arts

Director(s)
Tsui Hark

Stars
Jet Li
Rosamund Kwan
Yuen Biao
Jacky Cheung

DVD Distributor
Hong Kong Legends

DVD Origin
UK

Region Code
2

DVD Format
PAL

Audio Tracks
Cantonese DD 5.1
English DD 5.1


Subtitles
English, Dutch

Screen Format
Anamorphic Widescreen

Special Info
Foldout digipack packaging. Comes in a box set with parts II & III.

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Once Upon A Time In China


Synopsis
Jet Li is Wong Fei Hung the expert martial artist and Chinese doctor. He is living in an era, though, where western influence is beginning to upset the balance in Chinese society, and corruption in the government is becoming too prevalent. Through a series of events, he discovers that some westerners are kidnapping and smuggling Chinese people out of the country, for use as slaves - one of the people kidnapped is his aunt. This sets the scene for the final fight as he tries to rescue her, and not get killed by the westeners. Add to this another kung fu master who wants to prove his name by beating Wong Fei Hung, and a highly political overtone to the plot, and you have yourself one of the best martial arts films to come out of Hong Kong.



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