Once Upon a Time in China II
Director: Hark Tsui Run Time: 113 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1992 Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Starring: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, David Chiang, Donnie Yen
Subway Cinema presents Once Upon a Time in China
Brand new 4K restorations of the movies that made Jet Li a star!
Less than a year after they unleashed Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark, Yuen Wo-ping, and Jet Li reunited to deliver this sequel that is the Aliens to OUATIC 1’s Alien. Adding Donnie Yen (Ip Man) to the cast they swing for the fences and knock out a sequel that’s twice as dark, twice as powerful, and packed with twice as much action as the original. Jet Li and Co. travel to Canton and find themselves trapped in a city that’s literally on fire as the anti-Western White Lotus Cult tries to murder all foreigners and the Empress Dowager tears the streets apart hunting for the real-life revolutionary, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Taking place over one long, dark night, burning arrows illuminate nightmarish imagery as a handful of good people try to hold back a flood of violence, ignorance, and authoritarian rule with nothing more than their bare hands. Breathless, tragic, and heart-stopping it might just be the greatest kung fu movie ever made.
Screened to celebrate the addition of Once Upon a Time in China 1 – 6 to the Criterion Collection, Subway Cinema will be introducing the film and giving out swanky Blu-ray prizes before the show.