Monthly Archives: May 2010

Choreography in Once Upon A Time In China – Blog 2

Lion Dance on the ship – opening credit sequence –  brawl in the street and restaurant – umbrella fight in the tea house (This blog follows on from one where I get some general thoughts about choreography in martial arts films – … Continue reading

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Choreography in Once Upon A Time In China – Blog 1

General overview and opening preamble (Watch out! This is the first of my blogs on choreography in OUTIC. I comment generally on the choreography in this blog and then comment on some of the fights specifically in the following blogs. … Continue reading

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Yam Sai Kwun as Iron Robe Yim in Once Upon A Time in China – Blog 2

(In which I discuss how this character is portrayed) (Part 1 of this blog was concerned with a character analysis of Iron Robe Yim.) As masters of Chinese kung fu, antagonist Iron Robe Yim and protagonist Wong Fei Hung are … Continue reading

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Yam Sai Kwun as Iron Robe Yim in Once Upon A Time in China – Blog 1

(This blog contains mostly a character analysis of Iron Robe Yim – a discussion of Yam’s performance is in Part 2)  (This blog follows on from one I just wrote about the romance between Aunt Yee and Wong Fei Hung … Continue reading

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The romance between Aunt Yee and Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon A Time In China

(This blog follows on from 2 blogs I wrote on the character of Wong Fei Hung and his portrayal by Jet Li.) The nascent romance between Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) and Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan) leisurely unfolds, not just … Continue reading

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Jet Li as Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon A Time In China – Part 2

Physical Performance.  (This is the second part to a blog about Li’s performance as Wong Fei Hung. The first part dealt with the acting of the part.)  Having done a little research into Jet Li’s background, I am amazed at … Continue reading

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Jet Li as Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon A Time In China – Part 1 – Acting

  “Jet Li incarnates a radiant, but intangible, masculinity…”          Leon Hunt commenting on Once Upon A Time in China in Kung Fu Cult Masters, p. 146  Once Upon A Time in China (OUTIC) is a seminal film in the Hong Kong … Continue reading

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