By Haofeng XU


Martial arts - Completed 2015

A Wing Chun master must train - then sacrifice - a disciple to establish his martial arts school, only to become a pawn in a political conspiracy.

& Awards

Golden Horse Awards 2015
Best Action Choreography
Macau International Movie Festival 2016
Best Film of Gold Aries Award
Macau International Movie Festival 2016
Best Actress of Gold Aries Award
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Martial arts
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 109 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Haofeng XU
    • Writer(s)
    • Haofeng XU
    • Producer(s)
    • Xiaoxi LOU, Huilong ZHU
    • Synopsis
    • China, 1932. Tianjin is the capital of the martial arts world. Newcomers from the provinces visit the city to challenge fighters from the other martial arts schools. Chen Shi, from a once-wealthy Cantonese family that has been devastated by war, travels to Tianjin after the death of his martial arts teacher to continue his master's teaching and restore his family's fortune. But to establish his own school, he must successfully train a disciple to challenge and defeat fighters from eight different martial arts schools in Tianjin. The process is expected to take three years. He partners with Zheng Shan'ao, Tianjin's leading martial artist who finds him a local disciple, and he has a marriage of convenience with Zhao Guohui, a woman with a damaged reputation after having a mixed-race child out of wedlock. One day, when Chen encounters the talented martial artist Geng Liangchen, he realises that he can shorten the process to just one or two years. A year later, Geng challenges the other martial arts schools on Chen's behalf only to be killed by Lin Xiwen, the lieutenant of a warlord who has arrived in Tianjin to recruit martial artists. Chen now has a crisis of conscience: to establish his own school or avenge Geng’s death. His decision to kill Lin at his school's opening ceremony is however exploited by the masters of the city's other martial arts schools who have set Chen up as a scapegoat so that they can fulfill their own political ambitions.