ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA FRANCHISE
Once Upon a Time in China is a Hong Kong film franchise directed, written, and produced by Tsui Hark. The stories are based on the life of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung, who is portrayed by Jet Li in the first three films and Vincent Zhao in the fourth and fifth films.
With Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung as the main character, the films deal with the negative effects of Western imperialism in China during the late Qing Dynasty. The second film features as a supporting character Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary leader and founding father of the Chinese republic. Unlike the majority of Hong Kong action films, the Once Upon a Time in China series is clearly politicised. However, even with its clear showcase of Chinese nationalism, it also displays the inevitable nature of accepting western cultures, and the progression of China into the “modern” century.
For a long time, I had stopped watching martial arts films. They were just the same ol same ol. This changed all that for me. It showed me martial arts films could be a bit more. Propaganda and comedy but still a bit more. If after watching this series, you don’t feel like watching martial arts movies anymore… you got a problem. I think you will be pleased… I know I was… and I believe there are like six of these films…