Once Upon a Time in China V is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Tsui Hark. The film is the fifth installment in the Once Upon a Time in China film series, with Vincent Zhao reprising his role as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung, since taking over the character from Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China IV. The film also saw the return of Hark as director (he only co-wrote and produced the fourth film) and of Rosamund Kwan as "13th Aunt", who was absent in the fourth film.
After the armies of the Eight-Nation Alliance occupy Beijing, the collapse of the Qing Dynasty is imminent. Wong Fei-hung and his companions return to Foshan in southern China and prepare to move to Hong Kong (then a British colony). In the meantime, Wong Fei-hung develops a love triangle with his romantic interests "13th Aunt" and "14th Aunt".
When they arrive at the port town, they see that the town is in a desolate state, as the authorities have fled with all the public funds, leaving the local army garrison without any money or food. The situation worsens with the presence of pirates, who terrorise the coast and seal off the sea route. Wong and his companions decide to form a local crime prevention force to deal with the threats, leading to three confrontations with the pirates and eventual victory for the protagonists. Wong and his family decide to settle in Hong Kong to help the local government maintain peace and security.
Vincent Zhao as Wong Fei-hung
Rosamund Kwan as "13th Aunt" Siu-kwan
Max Mok as Leung Foon
Kent Cheng as "Porky" Wing
Roger Kwok as "Bucktooth" So
Hung Yan-yan as Clubfoot
Jean Wang as 14th Aunt
Lau Shun as Wong Kei-ying
Tam Bing-man as Boss
Yee Tin-hung as Devil Cheung
Elaine Lui as "Single-eyed" Ying
Zhang Tielin as Chief constable
Stephen Tung as Junior Cheung
Dion Lam as Flying Monkey
Sam Hoh as pirate
Lau Siu-ming as pirate
Despite receiving more positive reviews than Once Upon a Time in China IV, the fifth in the series performed poorly at the Hong Kong box office, grossing only HK$4,902,426.