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The Final Master (2015/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C+ Sound: B+/C+ Extras: B Film: B+

Chen (Fan Liao) is the last Wing Chun master sets off to seek fame and fortune in Tianjin City to start a martial art school, but in order to start a school one must not only face, but defeat the 19 schools martial arts in Tianjin to gain approval. Also reputation must first be built from through battles between apprentices and champions of various schools. Chen will do anything to start school, but the Grand Masters of Tianjin has other plans... will Chen have what it takes to become the next Grand Master?

In Haufeng Xu's The Final Master (2015), it is the turn of the early 20th Century in China, Tianjin is the heart of schools of martial arts, military and foreign powers. Chen is a martial arts master with dual knife style, who seeks to start a school of his own. Masters who have schools in Tianjin get to have beautiful women, money and the respect people, but those who fail are forever banished from Tianjin. Yet, the real truth is the Grand Masters of Tianjin set up these rules to control the challengers and maintain their own power and balance of power between the foreign and military powers.

This was film was set in the era right after the Boxer Rebellion in China, when foreign power reign in China and various clans are all fighting over control of the city. The film is more about the ambiance of the fights than the story. It was about the setting and tension between various characters, the life and death battle between characters, each battle was battle to death for honor, that honor is more important than life, and they fear not death but to live as a cripple or die without honor.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is pretty consistent in its look down to color, detail and style, which is just fine and works well. The DTS-HD Master Audio Mandarin 5.1 lossless mix. The anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is passable at best and pales as compared to the Blu-ray. Extras include bonus feature: The Weapons, director's featurette and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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