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The Final Master (2015)

Shi Fu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 December 2015 (China)
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A Wing Chun master has to defeat 8 martial arts schools to open his own school, yet he has become a chess piece to the local power dynamics.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chen Shi - The Master
... Zhao Guohui - Mrs. Chen
... Master Zou - The Madam
... Zheng Shan'ao - The Grandmaster (as Shijie Jin)
... Geng Liangchen
Madina Memet ... Tea Girl (as Maidina)
Jue Huang ... Lin Xiwen - The Colonel
Aoyue Zhang ... Duan Rui
Ma Jun ... Head Coolie
... Dojo Head (as Guantai Chen)
Xin Xin Xiong ... Tang Ge (as Xinxin Xiong)
... Curved Knives Fighter (as Liren Dai)
Jirong Qiu ... Dojo Fighter
Bo Li ... Dojo Fighter
Jiahao Zou ... Guo Zi
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A Wing Chun master has to defeat 8 martial arts schools to open his own school, yet he has become a chess piece to the local power dynamics.

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Chen Shi - The Master: So... you'll find some other man?
Zhao Guohui - Mrs. Chen: With or without a gardener, flowers die regardless. With or without a man, women live on their own.
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Sooooo pretentious and painful to watch
16 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film have signed up several famous actors and actresses to play the key roles in it. For these actors, acting on such poorly crafted, so pretentious, laughable screenplay were no fun at all. The laughable dialog of this film controlled their acting and have forced all of them to become poor actors through and through. The whole movie just looked so extremely pretentious that you have to force yourself going back to the laughable Shaw Brothers' Kung-Fu martial art era to watch this similar film like watching a Shaw Brothers' product in complete 'Emperor's New Clothes', the only difference is new stunt choreographs, new settings, new costumes and new pretentious characters and worst of all, nudity that almost never appeared in Shaw Brothers' Kung-Fu films.

The fighting scenes in this film was exactly like what we have seen in those Shaw Brothers' shallow and superfluous martial art films, the fights between or among those roles were extremely choreographically staged, all the participants, leading or not leading in this film were trying so hard to look dramatically cool, yet at the same time unavoidably and inevitably became so pretentious and poor in performance since every movement including their facial expressions were guided under one of the worst screenplay and dialog that every appeared in a major budgeted films.

The screenplay was just horrible, the characters created in this film were just terrible, albeit absurd. Since the lousy dialog controlled the flow of the moronic scenario and plot, everybody just became poor actor. My heart went out to the female young actress who had to expose her naked body and flesh so unnecessarily, those scenes were required by the screenplay, the director and the investors to make her signing-up money worthy. The crab eating habit was another stupid and meaningless arrangement. As long as the stupid screenplay and plots went, it just became more and more pretentious and ridiculous. The only benefit of shooting and producing this film was so many background supporting actors made some money to pay their bills, and nothing more.

In summary, this was one of the most pretentious and laughable films added to the Chinese martial art genre. Still watchable, but first, you have to put yourself in a numb and trance-line self-hypnotized condition like trying to read the high school textbooks.


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