Jet Li stars in "Once Upon A Time In China" as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung in a modern; politically-oriented retelling of the legend. Set in the 19th century; China is in the process of being overrun and divided up by foreign colonial powers. Western ideas and influences are slowly infiltrating the East; while many of the Chinese flock to the west in pursuit of gold. Wong Fei Hung; a doctor; herbalist; and kung fu master tries to mediate between the various factions. This earns him the enmity of various forces; including foreign imperialists; collaborating Chinese authorities; extortionist thugs; and a rival martial arts master. This eventually leads to a gravity-defying showdown in a ladder factory that has gone down as one of Jet Li's greatest fights ever.