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THE FINAL MASTER is a martial arts drama set in the transnational time period of China before World War II. Based on director Xu Haofeng's best selling novel, The Master, the story follows a Wing Chun practitioner's ambitious journey to open a martial arts school in the Northern Center to fulfill his master's dying wish of passing down the art. In order to gain the rights to achieve this, he has to send an apprentice to secretly challenge and defeat eight martial arts schools. Unbeknownst to him is that he is merely a pawn being played in the power game within the martial arts community. In the end, he must choose between what is right and what is expected to achieve his destiny. THE FINAL MASTER is a story of deception, tradition, betrayal and revenge that all culminates to a masterfully choreographed climatic ending.

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Cast

Fan Liao
as Chen Shi - The Master
Jia Song (II)
as Zhao Guohui - Mrs. Chen
Jia Song
as Zhao Guohui - Mrs. Chen
Jiang Wenli
as Master Zou - The Madam
Chin Shih-chieh
as Zheng Shan'ao - The Grandmaster
King Shih-chieh
as Zheng Shan'ao - The Grandmaster
Song Yang
as Geng Liang Chen
Huang Jue
as Lin Xiwen - The Colonel
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Xu Haofeng's historical martial-arts thriller is a bit choppy, but its deadly Wing Chun fight scenes have passion and zing.

June 3, 2016 | Full Review…

This is a juicy, beach read of a movie, the kind of overstuffed story you'd devour in book form while slumming on the sand under an umbrella.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Hefty daggers, staggering broadswords and even battle axes are unsheathed and duly deployed throughout.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Haofeng's movie doesn't feel like many other movies of its ilk. That's mostly a good thing, even if the movie can't quite fit all its eccentric pieces into a satisfying whole.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Initially astonishing, overly complicated, increasingly incoherent, and ultimately silly ...

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

During the impressive action sequences - which Xu choreographed himself - the director plays it straight. Otherwise, he introduces playful kinks into most of the genre's other conventions.

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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