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The baggy 137-minute story drowns out Mr. Feng's assorted sharp moments with hoary family drama and clumsy plotting, and Li Yifeng is generic as Mr. Six's son.
The travails of an old gangster in a contemporary Beijing overrun with privileged brats is at the heart of the largely winning "Mr. Six."
Constructed as the long, inward-gazing buildup to an epic showdown on a frozen lake, Guan Hu's genre-subverting drama could just as easily be an elegy for a disappearing style of filmmaking.
Where Guan excels is in straight dramatization, like the moving, beautifully acted reconciliation in a restaurant between gruff father and impatient son.
Mr Six is a comic, elegiac film that never settles into one particular genre or mood.
Hu and actor Feng Xiaogang transform Mr. Six into a creature capable of making and admitting to mistakes, feeling and expressing sincere emotion.
The film is a compelling character study meshed with a thriller that gives it a sense of urgency.
Cow director Guan Hu pitches Mr Six somewhere close to Eastwood's Unforgiven, and the results are equally stylish, elegiac and impressive.
Plotted with limited imagination and directed with atypical flatness, Mr. Six features a strong central performance.
The results are more admirable than emotionally engaging, but the movie has some unforgettable images.
A knockout central performance by director and occasional actor Feng Xiaogang, as a former Beijing street fighter brought reluctantly back into the urban fray in order to save his son, is the dramatic anchor of this engaging mainland genre-bender.
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