In a China ruled by foreign concessions, Wong Fei-hong, in charge of the black militia find himself involved with conspiracies between Chinese, triads and Westerners.
To remake a legendary Chinese hero, such as Wong Fei Hung, portrayed in about 100 movies is a bold bet that Tsui Hark managed however to win. The director revitalised the hero (who appears young now), he put him in a political background. Tsui hark didn't take Wong Fei Hung's story as the unique bare bones of the movie but as one of the bones of the plot. He multiplied the numbers or supporting roles (Yuen Biao's character for a start) and stories. This is more a kind of chronicles of the era...
1992 Hong Kong Film Awards : - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography : Yuen Cheung Yan, Yuen Shun Yee and Liu Chia Yung - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director : Tsui Hark - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film Editing : Marco Mak - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score : James Wong - Nomination for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Art Direction : Yee Chung Man - Nomination for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Cinematography : David Chung, Bill Wong, Arthur Wong, Ardy Lam, Chan Tung Chuen and Wilson Chan - Nomination for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture - Nomination for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor : Jacky Cheung