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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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Haofeng Xu

Writers:

Haofeng Xu (original novel), Haofeng Xu (screenwriter)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fan Liao ... Chen Shi - The Master
Jia Song ... Zhao Guohui - Mrs. Chen
Wenli Jiang ... Master Zou - The Madam
Shih-Chieh King ... Zheng Shan'ao - The Grandmaster (as Shijie Jin)
Yang Song ... Geng Liangchen
Madina Memet Madina Memet ... Tea Girl (as Maidina)
Jue Huang Jue Huang ... Lin Xiwen - The Colonel
Aoyue Zhang Aoyue Zhang ... Duan Rui
Jun Ma Jun Ma ... Head Coolie
Kuan Tai Chen ... Dojo Head (as Guantai Chen)
Xin Xin Xiong ... Tang Ge (as Xinxin Xiong)
Leon Dai ... Curved Knives Fighter (as Liren Dai)
Jirong Qiu Jirong Qiu ... Dojo Fighter
Bo Li Bo Li ... Dojo Fighter
Jiahao Zou 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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Action | Drama

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Country:

China

Language:

Chinese | English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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$8,551,269
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

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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Knife fighting pushed to 11.
13 June 2016 | by Bryan_RoderickSee all my reviews

The Final Master

This martial arts movie based on the fighting style of Wing Chun. Now going into this movie I saw the trailer and thought 'oh cool they'll use weapons instead of just punching and kicking.' Yeah the whole entire movie is based off of dagger fighting.

Chen Shi, played by Fan Liao, has to defeat eight martial arts schools to open his own. He fears that he's growing too old and decides to set up a betrayal, matchstick-men style. Only this time, with daggers. He was very believable and his martial arts is up there with some of my favorites.

Zhao Guihui, played by Jia Song, is a part of the chess game that the main character is playing. She is strong and adamant about not leaving her home town. She can be a bit over the top with her acting. Plenty of silent harrumphing, if I could sum up her performance.

Master Zou, played by Wenli Jiang, looks like a man at first. Then she speaks, and then on closer look she actually looks good. She does a wonderful performance as a local mob(?) boss? She works for the military? Her role in the movie was sort of implied. She even says in the movie "I'm not a gangster." which is something a gangster would say.

Speaking of context, the movie loves to see if your paying attention.

Little scenes like: Chen Shi is leaving being escorted out by nameless guards. He looks back for a moment. Turns to walk out. Immediately he turns around again and rushes back to the camera. Now revealed he was looking at his wife, Zhao Guihui. He eyes her closely and shouts "Look at me." She looks away. Defeated, Chen Shi walks out of the room.

Without knowing everything up until this point, this scene without any context is short and still a lot is spoke. This being a subtitled film, it's almost destined to not do well in the states. The fact that the film is on the level of Christopher Nolan, when it comes to subtext, means it'll be even more confusing for the movie going audience.

Verdict: If you want to see martial arts, pick up The Raid, Ip Man, or Ong-Bak. Once you've seen all of those, perhaps give this a chance.


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