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Once Upon A Time In China: The Best Of Chinese Film Music, Volume One Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Once Upon A Time In China: A Man Should Help Himself - James Wong
  2. Once Upon A Time In China: Out Of Luck Hero - James Wong
  3. Once Upon A Time In China: The Outcast - James Wong
  4. Once Upon A Time In China: Fighting The Assassins - James Wong
  5. Once Upon A Time In China: A Desperate Battle - James Wong
  6. The New China Woman: Freedom - Jonny Chen
  7. Supercop: Police Story III: Between Love And Hate - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  8. Supercop: Police Story III: The Interception - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  9. Supercop: Police Story III: Aura Of Passion - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  10. Supercop: Police Story III: Survival - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  11. Supercop: Police Story III: Night Attack - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  12. Supercop: Police Story III: The Return - Mac Chew/Jenny Chinn
  13. Peach Blossom Land: Theatre Corridor - Bruce Kimmel
  14. Peach Blossom Land: 'Peach Blossom Land' Theme - Bruce Kimmel
  15. The East Is Red: The Comeback - William Wu
  16. The East Is Red: Master Of The World - William Wu
  17. The East Is Red: Search In The Snow - William Wu
  18. The East Is Red: Attack - William Wu
  19. The Wicked City: The Devil's Deployment - Richard Yuen
  20. The Wicked City: Lost Illusion - Richard Yuen
  21. Osmanthus Alley: Say Goodbye - Young Chen
  22. Entanglement: Destined To Separate - Bob Chen/Lee Chen Fan


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014TV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I love the Once Upon a Time in China series, I love the Swordsman series, I love Jackie Chan's movies. But somehow this cd doesn't do it for me. The song selections are peculiarly slow, not at all the heart-pumping action-packed music of Hong Kong's most famous martial arts movies.
The best pieces are the selections from Once Upon a Time in China and The East is Red, but they're slower versions of the themes. It's as if someone bought the OUATIC soundtrack and chose only the slow songs off it to make a new compilation. Likewise, the selections from The East is Red don't even include the Hero of Heroes song that is the basic theme to the whole trilogy. If what you're looking for are the rousing themes from these movies, you'd better keep looking for the movie soundtracks.
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By A Customer on September 3, 1998
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If you want to feel the pulsating rhythm of a gloriously done Hong Kong movie, then this is the soundtrack to buy. The music is a great blend of percussion that makes you want to kick and punch something and tender string instrumentals for those tender moments. If you have seen the movie and are a fan of Hong Kong Martial Arts movies, then this is a must. Some of the best Chinese music artist do their finest.
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By A Customer on May 31, 1999
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It is a good instrumental version of theme from Jet Li's films. (I'm not sure if two versions are out or not, but there are no vocals as referenced in another review of this disk.) The other cuts are good, too. Nice mix. Hope there is a Volume Two.
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Excellent chinese traditional tune in the film of Once A Upon A Time In China starring Jet Li this music track gets the rhythm of your heart going.
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"Once Upon a Time in China" is a fun compendium of soundtracks from Hong Kong action films. They're instrumentals. What's interesting, however, is that this goes for more quiet instrumentals than pulsing,heart-thumping music that would accompany Jackie Chan or Jet Li knocking out bad guys. It's more traditional-sounding than one would expect.

"Once upon a Time in China" has great selections like the exciting "Fighting Assassins","Desperate Battle","Out of luck hero" and "Night Attack." There are more romantic selections such as "Between love and hate" and "Aura of passion."

"Once upon a Time in China" is an accessible introduction to Chinese music.
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