Main Plot Points:
- Ma (Philip Ng) dreams of making a life in Shanghai without using his fists. But when he befriends the Boss of a rival gang (Andy On), he must fight for honor or lose everything – including his neighbor (Sammo Hung) and his love (Michelle Hu).
- From Director Wong Ching Po (Revenge, A Love Story) and Action Director Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix, Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) comes a modern action fable featuring martial arts star Philip Ng.
What We Thought:
- Once Upon a Time in Shanghai has some fantastic fighting and Martial Arts work in it.
- We’ve kind of seen this type of story before (especially in Asian films), but let’s be honest, we aren’t always watching these films for the story.
- We want action and this gives us some great fights. I’m not saying this will rival anything Donnie Yen has done, but it’s worth seeing if you like the genre.
- And why is it Asian directors/cinematographers are so amazing with rain/water scenes? There’s a scene in the rain with puddles that’s just fantastic.
- Plus the wire work is great and there’s great set design and costuming.
- The Blu-ray looks very good. The previously mentioned costuming is colorful and the backdrops look great. Audio has full dialogue and score.
- If you like Martial Arts films, you’ll like Once Upon a Time in Shanghai. I did. I’ll tell my friends who like the genre to watch it as well. Great fighting and direction makes an enjoyable watch.
- Making of
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Sammo Hung
- Andy On
- Philip Ng
- Chan Koon-Thai
Recommended if You Like:
- Ip Man
- The Grandmaster
- Asian Martial Arts films