Released in 1993, a year of peak production for Jet Li, Last Hero in China
was Wong Jing's go at a story about one of the most loved folk heroes in Chinese history, Wong Fei Hung. By that time, Jet Li had already established himself as the definitive Wong Fei Hung of the early 90s, having starred as the martial artist and physician in four of Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China
films. As it's written and directed by Wong Jing, Last Hero in China
has a decidedly lighter, more comedic tone than Jet Li's other outings as Wong Fei Hung, but, with Yuen Woo Ping as action choreographer, the film's action scenes are no less dynamic than those of its more sober cousins.
Thanks to the bumbling efforts of his disciples So (Dicky Cheung) and Leung Fun (Bryan Leung), Wong Fei Hung returns to Guangdong after a stint in Hong Kong to find that his martial arts academy has moved to a new space right beside a brothel. Although he's worshipped as a hero by the brothel's owner (Nat Chan) and his sister (Anita Yuen), he has no time for them, as he uncovers a shocking human trafficking operation. While investigating, he encounters Tit Yin (Sharla Cheung) and her father, who've traveled from Sichuan to find her kidnapped sister. Together, the three delve deeper into the mystery, and discover that the person behind the whole human trafficking ring may be none other than the city's top government official, Lui Yat Siu (Alan Chui).