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Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

The Final Master

Shi Fu
China 2015, 109’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Xu Haofeng
screenplay: Xu Haofeng (na podstawie własnej powieści)
cinematography: Wang Tianlin
editing: He Sisi, Xu Haofeng
music: An Wei
cast: Liao Fan, Song Jia, Jiang Wenli, Chin Shi-chieh, Huang Jue
producer: Luo Xiaoxi, Lisa Li, Xu Haofeng
production: Beijing Aizhi Ganchun Art, Beijing Century Media Culture, Fueng Investment, Heyi Pictures, Magilm Pictures, Thousand Delight Pictures, Wuxi Jieao Entertainment
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Golden Horse FF 2015 - Best Action Choreography; Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2016 - Film of Merit

Film description

Chen Shi is a master of the wing chun style. According to the wishes of his deceased teacher, he moves to Tianjin to start a school and pass his secret knowledge to future generations. It is not an easy task – to get the privilege of being a teacher in the city, first you have to train a student gifted enough to defeat the best trainees from eight local centers, which teach the most refined of techniques.

Set in the 1930s, Xu Haofeng's film is a long-awaited stylistic gem, a tribute to the classic martial arts cinema, and a moving story about a disappearing world. The colorful, often tragic biographies of Chen Shi's opponents, create a tale of the ethos of the olden day warriors, disappearing in the new political reality. It makes the amazing, classic combat scenes choreography even more energetic – every movement is filled with underlying emotions, and each battle, betrayal or intrigue, gains a deeper meaning in the historical context. The film combines stunningly dynamic action scenes with nostalgia for the beauty of the era. The inventive weapons, picturesque streets of Tianjin, stylish interiors, and impeccable costumes turn out to be a truly seductive mixture.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Xu Haofeng

Born in 1973. Director, screenwriter, teacher, writer, combat scenes choreographer. The author of the script for Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," which brought him the Hongkong Film Award, and the novel "Monk Comes Down the Mountain," recently filmed by Chen Kaige.


2011 Tożsamość miecza / Wo Kou De Zong Ji / The Sword Identity

2012 Jianshi liu baiyuan / Judge Archer

2015 Ostatni mistrz / Shi fu / The Final Master

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