Compared are the International Theatrical Version (German Blu-ray by Splendid) and the Extended Taiwanese Version (Taiwanese VHS by Long Shong)
- 8 additional scenes
- Length: 865 sec (= 14:25 min)
In addition to that, the Taiwanese VHS lacks 6 scenes with a total length of 13.6 seconds.
After the huge success of Once Upon a Time in China, the sequel was only a matter of time. In 1992, Tsui Hark brought Jet Li back to play the Chinese national hero Wong Fei-Hun in the sequel Once Upon a Time in China 2 and Yuen Woo-Ping was responsable for the choreography again. With Donnie Yen, Jet Li faces another martial arts legend. Unfortunately, there are not that many scenes with both of them in it together. The title song is sung by Jackie Chan by the way. In other words: Once Upon a Time in China 2 is a must-see for any fan of Hong Kong cinema.
Most of the versions are identically equal resp. in both the US and the UK, the movie was released uncut which is not always the case. While the Extended Taiwanese Version with additional 15 minutes (compared to the Hong Kong Theatrical Version) has become the more regular one over the past few years, there is an Extended Taiwanese Version of the here compared sequel as well but it is exclusively available as Taiwanese VHS.
In Taiwan, the second one is almost 15 minutes longer as well but unlike the Extended Taiwanese Version of the first one, 10 out of the 15 additional minutes in sequel consist of a flashback of the first one and some kind of highlight reel of the second one at the very end of the movie. At least, one gets to hear Jackie's full song twice. The remaining new scenes are mostly with Rosamund Kwan as aunt Yee and Fun (Max Mok) who is in love with her and who keeps trying to impress her for that very reason. Moreover, there is an additional conversation wit Jet Li and David Chiang. It is quite obvious that the scene are not really necessary. Contextwise, the following scenes are based on the new ones and it looks like the Extended Taiwanese Version is the complete original cut.
There are no new action scenes though which makes the Taiwanese VHS mostly interesting for collectors and/or die-hard fans but those will most likely be glad to see another version of this genre classic that contains new scenes.
Time index refers to
International Theatrical Version (German Blu-ray) / Extended Taiwanese Version (Taiwanese VHS in PAL)
Please note: The Extended Taiwanese Version originally contains massively clinched images. For the screenshots of the following comparison, the black bar on the right has been removed and due to adjusting the screenshots to the correct aspect ratio, it looks almost corret. On top and bottom, there is even a little more picture information.
For starters, the logos differ.
International Theatrical Version 3 sec longer
00:37 / 00:34-07:02
Right after the next (in both versions identical) logo, the movie starts differently: The Extended Taiwanese Version shows footage from the final fight of the first Once Upon a Time in China when the opening credits are rolling.
387.5 sec (= 6:28 min)
During the subsequent shot, the Extended Taiwanese Version exclusively contains some text.
00:43 / 07:08-07:10
Slightly longer black screen & the girl with the candle earlier.
01:17 / 07:44-07:45
Another one of those superfluous alterations.
Opening credits in the International Theatrical Version approx. 4 minutes later. The theme song is different resp. the Extended Taiwanese Version contains the Mandarin version of the song, sung by Jackie Chan - subtitles for the lyrics included.
07:45-07:50 / 14:13-14:18
The Extended Taiwanese Version lacks the last credit shot of the train from the front. As compensation, the previous shot of Wong is longer.
11:50-11:51 / 18:17
After Fu throws up, the Extended Taiwanese Version lacks the beginning of a shot.
+ 1.3 sec
21:40 / 28:06-29:35
After the way aunt Yee looks is being pointed out to Wong, there is an additional scene with Fun sucking up to Yee. She does not like Wong's medicine at all because it is way too sour. Yee wants Fun to toss what is on the plate. Too bad though because Wong comes in at the very moment and he wants to know if she was done with the medicine. Fun does not see any other way so she takes it and now understands what Yee was talking about because it does taste incredibly sour. Wong sees his distorted face and asks if he had tried it as well. Fun swears Yee took it all by herself and he only made a face like that because he felt with her. Wong leaves and says there was some more in the pot.
88.8 sec (= 1:29 min)
32:37-32:33 / 40:33
Missing scene in the Extended Taiwanese Version: Wong and Fun longer at the table and the subsequent shot of the student running away starts a little earlier as well.
+ 6.1 sec