Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba [Once Upon a Time in China 3] (1993)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba</strong> [<strong class="MovieTitle">Once Upon a Time in China 3</strong>] (1993)

(On DVD, January 2004) Maybe the most plot-heavy instalment of the three and also the silliest as it mixes gangs fighting for a tournament, political assassination, early film technology and a grand villain businessman. Alas, even with all of the above, the China-vs-foreigners theme of the trilogy isn’t as strong here than in the two previous films. Fortunately, it features some of the most memorable moments of the series thus far, with a fight over an oil-slick surface and a colourful finale taking place around a wooden pyramidal structure. Even the character moments have some subtlety, what with the budding romance and the surprising arc of one of the film’s villains. The all-in-one trilogy DVD contains the subbed movie, and that’s pretty much it.

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