Mr. Six belongs to the old Mafia generation – one of principles, respect, and man-to-man knife fights. His estranged son Bobby belongs to the new generation – one of fast cars, clubs, and avoiding consequences. When Bobby is held hostage by a group of over-privileged punks for scratching their car, Mr. Six bails him out and attempts to rebuild their relationship, while ignoring his worsening heart condition. But when the powerful, political family of the gang’s leader seeks revenge and beats Bobby into a coma, Mr. Six decides to rally his old comrades and settle the score with one last battle. Starring acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang, stepping in front of the camera for the first time, MR. SIX is a film with both heart and grit.
Cast & Credits
One intriguing thing about the movie is the way the characters are developed - you don't know much about them and you can only see them superficially. You may only guess what they're thinking about at a specific moment but you'll never know for sure. For an example, you may find a little resemblance between the 'good guy' and the 'bad' one. The film also shows us that you can always learn from somebody that has different views on world than you and can /possibly/ change you. An interesting character is the main character's son - he's acting bad with his father and that may annoy you but then you see his reasons. Everybody has his own reasons for his attitude towards the others so don't rush to judge when you come across such a situation in life.
Finally, I'll tell some not so important things about what I've seen - I can't remember what the music was or if it had music at all so I voted the highest possible in order not to affect the other part. The story had some things that lacked but it will always exist something that lacks, it's 2 hours long after all, there can't be a really deep development of the plot. However, it's worth rewatching it with friends, you need to show somebody else this project. As for the cast - 10/10, nothing less. I came here because of Wu Yi Fan but I ended up liking everyone. Go ahead and download this film!
Story / Audience
This movie is enjoyable for most if not all audiences. Since it centers around an older character, Mr. Six, the older generations, especially those who lived in the latter half of the 20th century in China, would enjoy it most, sympathizing with the time-old jokes of the older man. The clash of old and new morals in modern society is a compelling subject to discuss about in film for the Chinese, due to China's rapidly evolving industrial sphere.
Mr. Six is loaded with fighting (kungfu-ish), which is what I expect from a Chinese movie. The pacing during the action scenes was terrible, loaded with slow motion when it was supposed to be fast paced. It was not notable enough to complete throw off the audience's concentration; however, it did subtract from the epic element in the movie. After watching this movie, I really believe this old geezer can defeat anything. However do keep in mind he is old, so the movie is about him being old sometimes.
Acting / Cast
The cast was masterfully picked. In my opinion, it could not have been better. The acting of Mr. Six (Feng Xiaogang) is sprinkled with his traditional comedy and emotion. It was a compelling performance on the big screen. Xiao Fei (Kris Wu) also had emotional depth, making a multitude of facial expressions that made me laugh. The other characters acted accordingly; however, the script did not bring out anything but their violent and frivolous natures, making their character development shallow. The only other characters who had minor character developments were the aunt and the son (Li Yifeng), but their role in the movie as consistent supporters of Mr. Six made Mr. Six overshadow any such attempt to develop their characters.
The music was nothing worth mentioning. There was a cameo of TFBOYS right before the climax, and I honestly wish they sang something. As a former member of EXO, anything Kris sang would have added to the music aspect of the movie. At the very least, the music was well-placed within Mr. Six, appearing at appropriate times like epic battle scenes.
Rewatch Value / Translation
The English subs made my eyes bleed at certain times. The Chinese subs were right on point.
If given the chance, I would rewatch this movie to better understand the plot.
Westerners, be warned, this plot is filled with Chinese morals.