Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Final Master: A Cinematic Feast of Martial Arts

 By Jose Alberto Hermosillo
“The Final Master” A Cinematic Feast of Martial Arts
“The Final Master” is a highly stylish, fast-paced, perfectly choreographed, action-packed flick.

The story set in 1912, in the City of Tianjin - two schools of Martial Arts, will fight for honor and freedom.

Master Chen (Liao Fan) is the last warrior who carries the secrets of the Wing Chun school. He is in search of a new pupil to teach his arts and skills to a new, young and brave, local fighter.
Master Chen (Liao Fan), THE FINAL MASTER © United Entertainment Partners
The tension arises when the Master, caught in a war between the two schools, the Military School and the Academy of Martial Arts.

“Knowledge is power.”

“Wisdom comes with experience.”

The Master must decide whether to disappear with his knowledge into oblivion or wait two years until a new master is trained and ready for action.

But first things first, the Master has a tactical plan to redeem his past and recuperate his honor from the offense suffered years back in his homeland.

One of those steps is to marry a local girl. The bar waitress seems a good prospect, but it won't be easy. The ambitious woman hates freeloaders, who order nothing and only eat the complimentary bread on the table. 
He must convince her to make the arrangement.

She has two conditions: to be a wife, not a concubine, and to have for dinner crab every night. He has no money – she suggests to going fishing in the river. One more of the many tasks to help to improve his endurance, elevate his spirit, tame his temper, and strengthen his body.
Song Jia as Mrs. Chen in THE FINAL MASTER © United Entertainment Partners
The wife becomes a vital part of the story, as she profoundly reflects: “The flowers of the garden without the gardener will die, as women do without men.”

Master Chen wants to live in austerity, away from the mundane world, and focus on the training of his pupil. 

The young apprentice looks at the beauty of the Master's wife and teases her. He is extremely good with his moves, but he has to concentrate his training to win a battle of his own.

The fights get complicated when those are with knives.
  Song Yanm Tratebbr Andng as Geng Liangchen in THE FINAL MASTER
© United Entertainment Partners
Then, the story becomes more strategic and scheming when militaries and politicians want to take over, and the groups get ready for the fight. The Master fights solo.

In this exciting film, the battles are done more realistic and physically challenging in comparison with other action movies full of fantasy and special effects, like in “The House of the Flying Daggers.” 

Director Xu Haofeng (writer of "The Grandmaster") controls to perfection, all the aspects of the production. 

In the Wu-Join well-developed script, all the characters are well-developed. They have a definite purpose, a shadowy past, and their actions reinforce the way they deal with their present.

Not only the well-told story, but also the excellent cinematography, music, sound design, set, costumes, makeup, and performances add excitement to the story. 
THE FINAL MASTER © United Entertainment Partners 
All the elements in the production work well together to enhance the viewers’ experience and to make out of “The Final Master,” a beautiful, action-packed Martial Arts flick.

When the warriors’ honor is at risk, The Final Master must put his body and soul to fulfill his destiny.

"The Final Master" is an authentic time-period piece of art worth your time. 

“The Final Master” open ending leaves room for a new exciting sequel and many more to come.

Copyright © 2016 Festival in LA


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