Motifs in the Once Upon A Time In China series

A neat directorial strategy that Tsui Hark uses during the first 3 films of the Once Upon A Time in China (OUTIC) series is that he builds up a series of leitmotifs and artistic reference points that link the films together. This lends cohesiveness to the audience’s viewing of the experiences of the main characters…

My last OUTIC 2 blog: Analysis of Fight in White Lotus Temple in detail continued

This blog follows straight on from my previous blog: I am fascinated by the sense of theatricality inherent in many kung fu movies, and I find the fight scene in the White Lotus Temple in Once Upon A Time In China 2 (OUTIC 2) to be more theatrical than most. The traditional music and a…

The fight in the White Lotus Temple in Once Upon A Time in China 2: a detailed analysis (part 1)

The beginning of this fight scene (choreographed by Yuen Wu Ping) shows Wong Fey Hung (played by Jet Li) and his offsider in this scene, Luke (played by veteran Shaw Brothers star David Chiang), being greeted by a creepy little girl who is some sort of a child-mascot in residence at the sect’s temple. This…

The first fight between Wong Fei Hung and General Lam in OUTIC 2: choreography and character definition

The following blog contains a discussion of one of my favourite fight scenes – the first fight scene between Wong Fei Hung and General Lam in Once Upon a Time In China 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRsifLFqdyk In Once Upon A Time In China 2 (OUTIC 2) the hero Wong Fei Hung (played by Jet Li) finds himself…

Donnie Yen Interview about OUTIC 2

I am currently writing posting blogs about one of my very favourite movies – Once Upon A Time in China 2 (OUTIC 2). This movie stars Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, Xiong Xin Xin, and legendary Shaw Brothers star David Chiang in an important supporting role. It was directed and produced by Tsui Hark,…