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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 … Continue reading

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OUTIC 2 Wong versus Lam: Blog 2 – Sets

This blog focuses on the fight scenes in Once Upon A Time In China 2 (OUTIC 2) between the characters of General Lam (Donnie Yen) and Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li). These were mainly choreographed by Yuen Wu Ping with … Continue reading

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A brief note on the depiction of Westerners in Once Upon A Time in China

(This is the last in a series of blogs I have written about this film. The previous one was about the elements (water, fire, metal, etc.) in this film). The Westerners in this film are depicted mostly as uncomplicated villains … Continue reading

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The Elements in Once Upon A Time In China

(In the last blog I posted on this film I wrote about the choreography in the climactic fight scene between Wong Fei Hung and Iron Robe Yim). Once Upon A Time In China (OUTIC) is a beautifully crafted film. One … Continue reading

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Choreography in Once Upon A Time In China – Part 5

The climactic showdown between Wong Fei Hung and Iron Robe Yim (This is the final blog about the choreography in OUTIC. In the previous one I discussed the choreography in Iron Robe Yim’s duel in front of the fire, his … Continue reading

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Choreography in Once Upon A Time In China – Blog 4

Fight in front of the bonfire – Fight between Yim and Wong in the rain – action leading up to the climactic fight scene (In the last blog I analysed the choreography in the fight at the Chinese Opera venue) … Continue reading

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Choreography in Once Upon A Time In China – Blog 3

Fight at the Chinese Opera venue (The last blog commented briefly on the choreography in the Lion Dance on the ship,  opening credit sequence, brawl in the street and restaurant, umbrella fight in the tea house. I ended the last … Continue reading

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