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In 1930s China, unrest rules the nation. Chen, the last Wing Chun master, arrives in Tianjin to expand his kung fu but his ambition gets him entangled in a power struggle between Tianjins martial arts Grandmaster, a dominant underworld Madam, and the towns military leaders. Can he protect his family from the dangers of the martial arts world, or will it consume everything he loves?
Language: Mandarin (original)
Available Subtitles: English, Chinese, and Spanish
...a slashing excitement. --Variety
...impressive action sequences... --Washington Post
...if you're a fan of fighting with knives, The Final Master has got you covered. --SF Weekly
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Haofeng Zu
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, THX
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : July 25, 2017
- Actors : Liao Fan, Jia Song, Wenli Jiang
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Well Go Usa
- ASIN : B071RC8XCX
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Well it's hard to say what it's about, but it's what I would consider "post-modernist." It's very terse, at times dramatic, and at times humorous, and at times satirizing the conventional martial arts story. The story line is simple enough. It's the early 1900's, and a martial arts master, simply named Master Chen, moves to Tianjin (a city bordering Beijing) to found his own school, in the hopes of passing down his knowledge before he can no longer fight. He's already in his late 40's. In Tianjin, a cartel of martial arts schools control the martial arts business. They don't want competition. To found his school, Chen must train a pupil who can defeat the champions from the other schools. This would earn him a license to open his school. That's the basic story, but the movie delves into many other themes that I won't explain here.
Technically, it's great. The fight scenes are extremely realistic (there's nobody flying off roofs here), and the dialogue is lean and minimalist. The cast is also surprisingly diverse also, ethnically speaking. I also didn't have any problems with the English subtitles.
Starring: Fan Liao, Jia Song, Wenli Jiang, Yang Song, Madina Memet, Jue Huang, Aoyue Zhang, Jun Ma, Kuan Tai Chen, Xin Xin Xiong, and many more
Director: Haofeng Xu
Genres: martial arts drama, romance
Synopsis: A pre-WWII Wing Chun student whose Master dies leaves him as the sole repository of that style. He travels from his homeland to Tianjin, a city that's a martial arts hub, with the intention of opening his own school in order to keep Wing Chun alive. He is set with a challenge that he must defeat the best of the best of 8 martial arts schools. If he does it, then the ruling Masters of the schools will allow him to open his own school.
Impressions: I was impressed by how well-made the movie was. It's as close to Hollywood in China as you're going to get while still retaining the essence of the Chinese culture. Fan Liao stars and shines as the student with unquestionable integrity, but he's so much more than a passionate devotee of his martial art. He's sexy, he knows what he wants, and nothing will stop him. The main villain is not the usual, but watch out, no less lethal.
Etc.: Set in China, English subtitles. Fan Liao starred in Black Coal, Thin Ice, that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. I had to buy this one as it was unavailable on netflix or through the library.
Awards: 17 wins and 20 nominations
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bloody dam fast and I was not going to pause it for everyone of them when it was on the screen..
I for the bloody life of me don’t Know why the heck they do that.
from what I’ve gather even though I know the story. this one was mostly about the weaponry of Master Chen.
as you can see the ending..that is one big ass weapon holy goodness you need to be the Rock (Johnson) to lift it.
This is not your typical kung-Fu, martial arts movie as you can tell. its like a chess-game they’re playing
with the mans life why he shouldn’t be opening his school. the first hour or so was very confusing it was like it
went every-which-way-but-right..their editing really suck-big-time. some scenes make no sense why it was shown.
But that ending is worth the money let me tell you. overall this is a very good movie to see.
Very Cool Movie Despite the Odds I Mention..
Runtime 109 Min.
Chinese 5.1 Dolby Digital.
English an Chinese Subtitles.