The choreography in Once Upon A Time In China 3

Once Upon A Time In China 3 (OUTIC 3) begins and ends with Lion Dancers, and they feature often in fight scenes in between. The first movement sequence is a massed Lion Dance in a courtyard in the Forbidden Palace. It is a gorgeous, colourful spectacle and sets the tone for much of the choreography…

Fong Sai Yuk: Choreography

Corey Yuen Kuei and Jet Li have worked together in many films, the first of which was Fong Sai Yuk (1993). Yuen is a highly skilled choreographer, capable of producing beautifully detailed action sequences and elaborate set pieces. In this blog I have jotted down a few of my thoughts about some of the major…

Fong Sai Yuk – Random Thoughts

Part comedy, part broiling melodrama, Fong Sai Yuk (1993) is good solid entertainment in the form of a kung fu film. Directed by master choreographer Corey Yuen Kuei, it boasts an excellent cast including Jet Li (Fong Sai Yuk), Josephine Siao Fong Fong (Miu Chui Fa - Fong Sai Yuk’s kung fu fighting Mum), Paul…

How do you choreograph an epiphany?

Ponder for a moment Yuen Wu Ping’s central creative problem in making a film called Tai Chi Master, which shows the discovery of this internal martial art. The protagonist of the story, Jun Bao (played by Jet Li), has to undergo a spiritual transformation that will allow him to arrive at the realization of the…

The Choreography in Tai Chi Master

To state the bleeding obvious: Tai Chi Master is a martial arts film. A cursory glance at the title and plot synopsis may suggest that it is a film ostensibly about pugilism and violence. Why is it, then, that my repeat viewings of this film always leave me with the impression that it is imbued…

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…