Once Upon a Time in China
Once Upon a Time in China (2001)

Though generally unknown to Western audiences, Tsui Hark is considered a giant among Asian filmmakers and this exceptional epic, combining hard-hitting martial-arts action with romance, comedy, history, genuine poignance, and sharp insight… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 27, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Its real strengths are its choreography, its flashes of wit, and its all-round exuberance.

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TV Guide

A truly dazzling achievement, even measured against Tsui's own considerable accomplishments...

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is not believable, but it is fun to watch.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A witty, extravagantly picturesque homage to Sergio Leone.

Fred Topel

Beautiful Hong Kong movie. Wonderful story about the technological invasion, and outstanding fight scenes.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Not an outstanding example of the genre.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Gets better as it goes along, building up to a prolonged shipboard finale.

James Rocchi

Brilliant commentary elevates entertaining Hong Kong action flick to must-see status.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Not perfect in an objective critical sense, but it's a masterpiece of the genre.

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danny d
mesmerizing. easily some of the greatest martial arts sequences ever filmed. the story is epic and entirely engaging, the camera work is excellent, and the… More
Letitia Lew
The iconic theme song of this Wong Fei Hung trilogy defined "heroic" for my generation of Chinese kids. Revisited this childhood staple with my… More
Conner Rainwater
Hark Tsui attempts to make country changing anthology like Sergio Leone and for the most part he succeeds. It's a lot more extensive than you'd expect… More
Reid Volk
While I am still getting used to Hong Kong films, this was a surprisingly good critique of western civilization and the chaos that it breeds. Hark finds clever… More
Cassandra Maples
The first time i saw this movie i hated it it was only with repeated viewing that i grew to love it. I think the reason why i initially didn't enjoy it was… More