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Master Wong (Jet Li in Once Upon A Time In China movies) giving a speech

Master Wong Fei-Hung


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The early movies in the Once Upon A Time in China film series are among Tsui Hark’s most successful work. Released from 1991 to 1993, they offer a retelling of the incredible exploits of Chinese folk hero Master Wong, superhuman grandmaster of kung-fu.

The real-life Wong Fei Hung lived from 1847 to 1924 in the Guangdong province.


Background

  • Real Name: Wong Fei Hung
  • Other Aliases: Dr. Wong, Master, Shadowless Kick
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Brother Wong (father), Peony (aunt?)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’8”? Weight: 150 lbs?
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Master Wong is the greatest martial artist in perhaps the entire world. He can accomplish impossible acrobatic feats and defeat legions of the best martial artist in existence in mere seconds. He’s inhumanly fast, nimble, dexterous… and in total control over his body.

He is perfectly adept at handling melee and missile weapons. Any object becomes a deadly weapon in his hands, including small pellets or his own jacket. A pellet can be thrown with the force of a powerful gun and a piece of cloth can be used as a whip powerful enough to make holes in a concrete wall (the so called ’cloth-line‘ Manoeuvre).

He is also able to block bullets by his bare hands.

Not only is he impossibly agile and physically impressive, but he’s also intelligent, strong-willed and charismatic. He is a medical expert (he’s actually a doctor of acupuncture) and has a nice way with words. Although completely fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, he has real trouble with English.

Of course, Master Wong is a also a very courageous spirit and will fight near-impossible odds at any time.

Wong’s reputation is so great that his name will be shouted wherever he appears, by either friend or foe. Opponents or rivals will often soon call him Master…


Video

The official trailer/presentation of the first, 1991 movie in the series. 720p.


History

See the movies !! They contain the greatest fighting scenes ever made and are really worth your time. Wong movies are to China what James Bond movies are to the Western World.

In very short: Wong helps the patriotic Black Flag Army while his own martial arts school, the Po Chi Lam School, is facing a thuggish martial arts organization led by the powerful Master ’Iron West‘ Yim (Once Upon a Time in China I).

Then Wong faces a cult of fanatical martial artists that threaten the peace of a small Chinese community. They are led by the so-called martial arts god Priest Kung (reputed to be invulnerable and unbeatable) (Once Upon a Time in China II).

Then the Empress Dowager of China announces that the martial arts tournament named the Lion King Tournament will be held. It will show the foreigners the power of china. The best 14 associations in China enter the tournament, but Wong learns of a foul plot by the Russians to murder the Empress. Wong enters the tournament to prevent the murder… (Once Upon a Time in China III).


Description

Master Wong is a slenderly built man with brown eyes and black long hair at the back of his head only. He usually wears a dark tunic and dark sandals and even occasionally, on sunny days, wears sunglasses (!). He moves in a very relaxed manner and radiates confidence and kindness.

Often he’s seen in a position helping someone or beating up some bad guy, and when out of combat he’s seen sternly teaching students or just smiling.


Personality

Wong is a honorable, traditionalist and heroic man. He believes in helping his fellow man and in behaving with great honor. He’s occasionally very playful, teasing and even taunting, but always remains humble. Wong also is very patriotic and believes in Chinese strength. He will help any patriotic Chinese in their struggle.

He travels the land to help every Chinese person. He teaches the Martial Arts to followers, practices medicine, and helps China get stronger against the European and Russian threat. He doesn’t hate foreigners, but simply believes in Chinese independence.

Fortunately for his enemies Wong doesn’t kill… But on rare occasions he’ll be forced into a situation where his opponent has to die. Then Wong doesn’t hesitate to kill him off.

In fact, rules-wise, Wong will never use his full Martial Arts skill APs against any single human being (life is sacred remember). He will strike with at most 10 APs as EV against any human opponent, but goes full out versus objects.

His skill is often so great that it is enough for his enemies to turn over to his side in awe. Of course, like everyone else in Wong’s world, Wong will often shout out the name of the manoeuvre he’s performing.

Wong is always accompanied by his pupil, the playful Foon, and his secret love Peony. He tries not to show his feelings for Peony, but he would do anything to protect her. He sometimes loses his head to do so. When it appears that Peony might be gone or dead, and she reappears, he forgets himself and his love for her is clear to everyone.

All his pupils are important to Wong as is his school’s, his father’s or his friends’ reputation.

Also, the martial arts or the name of Kung Fu will not be allowed to be sullied by any thug. Those will quickly become humbled at the hands of Wong. Wong is extremely popular everywhere he goes and his main response to that is a big smile and some nice words. Wong is probably best summarized by the lead motif to the movies:

With pride I face thousands of waves.
My blood is hot like the red sun.
My courage is strong like iron.
My bones are refined as steel.
My bosom is boundless and generous.
My vision is outreaching.
I strive to strengthen myself.
Be a hero!
To be a hero!
I must exercise every day.
Be a hot-blooded hero!
Hotter than the sun!
To be a hero!
My blood is hot. Hotter than the sun!
To be a hero!
My blood is hot. Hotter than the sun!


Quotes

“It was not a god, I’m Wong Fei Hung.”

“Kung, your show is over.” (having defeated the so-called Martial Arts god)

“Mwahahahahahah ! (performing a kata and Intimidating a group of attacking Martial Arts Cultists)

“I will never ask for help. Why do I need to learn how to say that ?”

“You’re disturbing the peace. Why don’t you stop now ?” (after having defeated an entire army of the country’s best martial artists in seconds only)


DC Universe History

Fittingly, Wong would be the world’s greatest Martial Artist (someone’s gotta be the best!) and be living in China. Since he is living in the late 19th century he’s a contemporary to the likes of Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, El Diablo etc. and could team up with them, unarmed, by visiting America or being visited in China.

Wong could have future descendants in the likes of Kana (the Shadow Warrior), Katana and Judo Master. Perhaps the blood of Wong even flows in the Legion of Superheroes’ Karate Kid.


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Master Wong

Dex: 11 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 10 Min: 06 Occupation: Folk Hero, Martial Artist
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 034 HP: 100

Powers:
Enhanced Initiative: 06, Jumping: 02, Projectile Weapons: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Martial Arts includes the Techniques subskill
  • All powers are Skilled Powers
  • Projectile Weapons may only be used if he can throw or hit a small object against the opponent, and also works with clothing and the like, to perform the ’cloth stick‘ Manoeuvre

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 11, Charisma (Intimidation, Persuasion)*: 08, Martial Artist: 14, Medicine: 08, Military Science (Camouflage, Cartography, Field Command, Tracking): 06, Weaponry (Melee, Exotic, Missile)*: 11

Advantages:
Languages (Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese), Leadership, Popularity, Scholar (Acupuncture), Sidekick (Foon)

Connections:
Black Flag Army (High), Chinese Patriots (High), Po Chi Lam School (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA (Protecting Peony)

Equipment:
Wong doesn’t need Equipment, but usually carries around :

  • An Umbrella [BODY 03, Note: he often uses this as a stick and thus it can take heavy amounts of punishment]
  • A Herbal Bag [BODY 01, Note: The contents of the bag allows Wong to use his Acupuncture Scholar Advantage, as well as the full Medicine Skill]

Foon

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Martial Artist
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 040

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 07, Martial Arts*: 07, Weaponry (Melee, Exotic, Missile)*: 07

Advantages:
Languages (Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese)


Wong Genre Rules

Genre Type: Action
HP Expenditure: Full standard
Multi-Attacks: No limitations
Killing Combat: Yes
Special Rules: All Martial Artist within this Genre are allowed an automatic defensive action each round due to their superior training. While using up but one Automatic Action they may use their APs of Martial Arts as either OV or RV each round. Additionally, the maximum amount of LDD in hand-to-hand combat is increased by half the APs of Martial Arts if the GM deems it necessary for prolonging the fights.

The first proposed rule is very powerful and could be scrapped (although it seems to be the case in the movies), but preferably keep at least the LDD rule.

Power Rules:
In the Genre that Wong acts in, Martial Artists can become much better than in other Genres. A superbly trained Martial Artist can bypass the ordinary human limits and can purchase Linked Powers that represent their abilities to do near-superhuman feats.

Common powers in this Genre are the following: Enhanced Reactions, Flight (with Cat. Burnout), Gliding, Invulnerability, Jumping, Mind over Matter and Projectile Weapons (Lim: object needed). All such abilities have to be linked (Half, Normal or Double) and are considered to be Skilled Powers.

Role-Playing Rules:
Martial Artists in this Genre often shout the name of the Maneuver they are performing just for style (Wong commonly does this). Such comments would include: Sun Burst, Shadowless Kick and Ten Forms Fist. Each school has their own specialized maneuvers and use of such comments in combat is considered Role-Playing.

By Peter S Piispanen and Pero Miljanic

Source of Character: Once upon a time in China I-III -movies

Helper(s): Philip John Mason

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