Once Upon a Time in China

Once Upon a Time in China ★★★★½

The 2021 Criterion restoration is amazing. I’d only seen it in an old 35 mm print and Tsui Hark's use of color and shadow deserves the crisp richness of this edition. The mano a mano fight scene in the rain, towards the middle, is particularly engaging for Hark's willingness to let the water blur the action, and the early scene in which Rosamund Kwan is framed by her own shadow never looked so good.