Last Hero In China (HK 1993)

Rating: ***
Director: Wong Jing
Action Choreographer: Yuen Woo Ping
Cast: Jet Li, Cheung Man, Anita Yuen, Lau Kar Fai (Gordon Liu)

Jet Li plays a straight Wong Fei Hung in this otherwise silly film that's Wong Jing's take on Tsui Hark's "Once Upon A Time In China" series. Apparently, Jet Li and Tsui Hark had a bit of a falling out after part 3, so he hooked up with Wong Jing instead. The results are predictable - high production values, a highly polished look, an all-star cast, lots of beautiful women, and a non-stop barrage of stupid sight gags and lame-brained humor. Yuen Woo Ping's hand makes the silly, over-the-top fight scenes exciting and palatable, but there's no getting over the embarrassment of seeing Jet Li fight in a chicken suit during the final duel. Why, Jet, why? A surprisingly beautiful Anita Yuen is on hand as eye candy, and the utterly charming Cheung Man shows up to bash some heads. Sadly, she doesn't get much screen time and only has a couple of small fights. A lightweight and overly silly actioner all around, and one of Wong Jing's more enjoyable outings.