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Once Upon a Time in China and America back to product details

Not worth it.
written by kohnfused1 May 17, 2004 - 11:21 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
First off, let me just say, I am a fan of Jet Li. I am also a fan of the ?Once upon a time in China? series. This movie, as a fan, disappointed me. Where to start. The dubbing, the English version was okay, but the timing was off. The two seconds it was off really irritated me. It wasn?t bad enough to ruin the movie as a whole, but bad enough to make it that much more annoying. Now, as for the movie itself, it was horrible. The premise was believable, the plot and execution, however, was terrible. If you?ve ever watched any of the other ?Once a upon a time in China? movies, you will see a commonality. That being, it is in China, hence the title. Here, our hero is invited to America to help (or celebrate the establishing of America?s first ?Chinatown?) the Chinese immigrants in their plight against racism and equality in the ?old West?. As you know, guns was the weapon of choice and Kung Fu or Martial Arts was but a foreign concept. There in lies the plot hole. How do you put a kung fu master in a setting where none of his opponents have any martial arts skills that would even come close his (not to mention his rivals sole reliance on the six shooter)? Jet Li?s style of action had to be watered down immensely to accommodate the baddies (pardon the pun, cowboys and indians). Nowhere was this more evident, then in the ?final battle? scene. Overall, there was some ?alright? action sequences, but not enough to save the movie. It seems whoever financed this project just wanted to squeeze what little money was left in the franchise. Please do not give them yours.


(Average 6.03)
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