Last Hero in China (1993)
Reviewed by: Arshadnm6 on 2005-04-15
Summary: Last Hero in China or last movie of Wong Jing......
Master Wong Fei-Hung and his disciples relocate the respectable Po Chi Lam clinic, only to unwittingly become neighbours with a local brothel. Further on, they break up a prostitution racket run by evil monks, with the help of a local government official (Nat Chan Bak-Cheung from ‘Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars’ and ‘The Conman in Vegas’), prostitutes (headed by Yuen King-Tan from ‘Haunted Office’), a beautiful street performer (Cheung Man from ‘Kung Fu Cult Master’) and her father who are skilled in the martial arts. Meanwhile, Wong Fei-Hung strives to battle deafness from accidental poisoning by his own medicine and participates in a lion dancing spectacle to prevent a scheme of abducting a British official by the Boxer's Association, which is master-minded by one of the government’s high officials.

This movie has no plot whatsoever and is all over the place. The emotional scenes are embarrassing to say the least for both the director, Wong Jing and the rest of the participating actors. Also, the action is a disappointment from Yuen Woo-Ping and never features any originality since it usually looks like it has being choreographed by a completely unknown and inexperienced action director. Moreover, the locations are selected and set-up in the inspiration of the ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ series and are not very polished. The prostitutes are also sometimes teasing the Po Chi Lam Clinic’s students using useless time-crunching songs (definitely worth fast-forwarding) and they seem to have more involvement in the clinic than acceptable in realistic terms by a respected martial arts master would allow. The lion dance at the end is also once of the silliest performances that I have ever seen (excelling the stupidity of the various types of dragons and creatures used in ‘Once Upon a Time in China IV’). All in All, this is a movie for laughs with a touch of romance and countless subplots which are never actually heading anywhere in particular. The main reason why this movie is so awful is probably explained by its attempts to capitalise on the successes of the ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ series without the presence of influential actors like Rosamund Kwan (as ‘Aunt Yee’), Max Mok Siu-Chung (as ‘Leung Fu’) and Xiong Xin-Xin (as ‘clubfoot’) and only explains the reason behind Aunt Yee’s absence in a rush and via an absolutely useless reason. It also never really gives any idea for the period relative to the series in which it is based.

None of the actors also are given any opportunity to act since the movie is short and packed with so many characters on-screen at once. Also the movie lacks focus and jumps from one idea to the next without ever getting serious. The costumes are not very well done and are completely unrealistic for the characters since the prostitutes are usually covered in ladies clothing (for the turn-of the-century). As again, Wong Jing deserves credit for spinning a nonsense storyline with prostitutes, attempted rapes and evil monks (the guy is a true genius!). The main nemesis is also so fictional that even fantasy or science-fiction does not tolerate such characters or actors in books or movies!

Overall, this movie contains numerous flaws and is not the worst or most irritating that I have ever seen but certainly deserves the credit for pushing to get there. This movie must have been a flop in its time of release and if it not I would be very surprised. The last fight, consists of Jet Li dressed up in a Chicken outfit and the bad guy dressed up in a caterpillar costume, some more crap from Wong Jing or what!!!

Overall Rating: 5.5/10
Reviewer Score: 6