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Once Upon a Time in China
This commentary track is only available on the Columbia Tristar region 1 DVD.
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Hong Kong film expert Ric Meyers
Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007
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This is a good commentary. Listening to this thing, you get the feeling that Mr. Meyers isnít really an authority on Hong Kong movies beyond having watched a lot of Hong Kong movies. He is himself a martial artist if it helps. He doesnít read Chinese or speak any Cantonese, which makes for a few laughs during this track. Heís a very laid back individual who just loves watching martial arts flicks. He talks about Jet Li and his accomplishments and career, about the American actors in the movie, about the filmmakers, about the symbolism in the movie, about plot points, gives a few references to old-school Hong Kong movies and more. He also gives facts about Chinese culture that Iíve been wondering about for a little while. For example, the queue (the pony tail) represents the loyalty to the Ching Dynasty (the dynasty that ruled when this movie takes place). So if they cut their queue off, it meant they didnít want to be a part of it. In any case, itís a very good track, filled with information, humour, tidbits and his personal thoughts about the movie. Well worth listening if you have the desire to do so.
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