Also known as
Wong Fei Hung: Chi Tit Gai Dau Neung Gung
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 111m
Genre
Action, Comedy, History
Directed by
Jing Wong
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
The Last Hero in China poster

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August 19, 2005

4.0*/5.0*

Last Hero in China needs a while to get going, but it's '93 and Jet Li is allowed to shine as a martial arts hero once again. Sure enough, Jing Wong is helming the film, but by then the Hong Kong machine was so oiled they could pretty much turn out these features without a director present.

The camera work is nice and it really complements the action choreography. The mix of dance and martial arts in particular is really impressive, then again I've always had a soft spot for these semi martial arts scenes. The lion fights are ace, but it's the chicken/centipede fight that made the biggest impression.

The story is of secondary importance and you have to to be able to appreciate the Hong Kong comedy, personally I think they only added to the charm. Not the biggest masterpiece ever directed, but it's super entertaining and the sprawling finale tipped it over into personal favorite territory. Good stuff.