Yuen Bun

Once Upon a Time in China IV

Once Upon a Time in China IV

Though it picks up the narrative thread where the previous installment left off, Once Upon a Time in China IV introduces a new director, action choreographer Yuen Bun, and star, Vincent Zhao, who takes over the role of Wong Fei-hung from Jet Li. Once again, foreign skulduggery and a violent nationalist group—this time in the form of the fierce women warriors known as the Red Lantern Sect—swirl around a magnificent lion-dance competition, with Wong caught in the fray. Toning down the comedic and romantic elements of the first three films in favor of almost wall-to-wall kung-fu action, the fourth entry is the leanest and meanest of the series, highlighted by a gravity-defying fight atop a field of collapsing, domino-like planks.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1993
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Cantonese

Available In

Collector's Set

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films

Blu-ray Box Set

6 Discs

$62.47

Once Upon a Time in China IV
Cast
Vincent Zhao
Wong Fei-hung
Jean Wang
Fourteenth Aunt May
Max Mok Siu-chung
Leung Foon
Xiong Xin-xin
Clubfoot Seven
Lau Shun
Wong Kei-ying
Wang Jin-hua
Miu San
Billy Chow
Iron Fist Wong
Chin Ka-lok
Lui
Credits
Director
Yuen Bun
Produced by
Tsui Hark
Ng See-yuen
Screenplay by
Tsui Hark
Elsa Tang Bik-yin
Cinematography by
Arthur Wong Ngok-tai
Ko Chiu-lam
Edited by
Marco Mak Chi-sin
Art director
Raymond Lee King-man
Costume designers
Fung Shui-lin
Che Chi-on
Martial-arts direction by
Yuen Bun
Original music by
William Wu Wai-lap

Current

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