Tsui Hark

Once Upon a Time in China V

Once Upon a Time in China V

Tsui Hark returned to the director’s chair for the rollicking comedic adventure Once Upon a Time in China V, in which the indomitable hero Wong Fei-hung (Vincent Zhao) tangles with a band of ruthless, finger-removing pirates who are exploiting the political chaos created by the invasion of foreigners in order to terrorize the Chinese coast. The fist-and-foot kung-fu set pieces—including a showstopping, gold-hued melee set in a warehouse full of pirate treasure—are plentiful, but Tsui ups the ante by introducing acrobatic gunplay to the proceedings, infusing this furiously entertaining crowd-pleaser with a bracing jolt of John Woo–style bullet-ballet mayhem.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1994
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Cantonese

Available In

Collector's Set

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films

Blu-ray Box Set

6 Discs


Once Upon a Time in China V
Vincent Zhao
Wong Fei-hung
Rosamund Kwan
Thirteenth Aunt Siu-kwan
Jean Wang
Fourteenth Aunt May
Max Mok Siu-chung
Leung Foon
Xiong Xin-xin
Clubfoot Seven
Kent Cheng
Roger Kwok Chun-on
Bucktooth So
Lau Shun
Wong Kei-ying
Paco Yick Tin-hung
Cheung Po-tsai
Stephen Tung Wai
Cheung Yuk-lun
Elaine Lui Siu-ling
Tsui Hark
Produced by
Tsui Hark
Ng See-yuen
Screenplay by
Tsui Hark
Lau Tai-muk
Jason Lam Kee-to
Cinematography by
Ko Chiu-lam
Derek Wan Man-kit
Peter Pau Tak-hai
Tom Lau Moon-tong
Ardy Lam Kwok-wah
Edited by
Marco Mak Chi-sin
Art director
Bill Lui Cho-hung
Costume designer
Chiu Kwok-shun
Martial-arts direction by
Yuen Bun
Original music by
Tsui Hark