An old-time gangster is nearing the end of his life, but he still has enough fight in him for one last war.
Legendary actor Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock, Let The Bullets Fly) churns out a masterclass in a crime drama that proves an old dog may not be able to learn new tricks, but he sure doesn’t forget how to bite. Liu Ye (Feng Xiaogang), better known as “Mr. Six,” has reigned over the streets of Beijing as its kingpin for years. As the world around him has changed, the old-era gangster has tried very hard to both maintain the image of honor he has crafted and prevent his son (Fall in Love Like a Star actor Li Yifeng) from committing the same mistakes he did so many years ago. One day, Mr. Six learns his son has come into a dispute with local street-racing gang leader Xiaofe (former EXO member Kris Wu). An attempt to settle the dispute in his old-fashioned ways doesn’t go well and, before his old-time connections can offer any meaningful help, both Mr. Six and his son are in serious trouble. Meanwhile, Mr. Six also learns that he has coronary artery disease and, in an attempt to settle his scores before he succumbs to his illness, wages a war against the rival gang. Now, in the battle of the old code of honor amongst criminals and the new era of ruthless crime, can an ailing man muster up enough strength for one last fight to save his son, or is the era of Mr. Six as close to death as he is?
Also known as “Fading Wave,” Mr. Six is directed by avant-garde director Guan Hu, and written by Dong Runnian. Produced by Huayi Brothers & Taihe Film Investment and distributed internationally by China Lion, principal photography for Mr. Six began in November 2014 in Beijing and concluded three months later. Initially screened at the 72 Venice International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, the film was released in China on September 24, 2015. Upon mainstream release, the film was well-received, earning $27 million in just its opening weekend and going on to earn $137 million. In addition to the commercial success, the movie was also heavily praised, earning nearly every nomination at the 7th Macau International Film Festival, with particular praise for lead Feng Xiaogang, who went on to win the Best Actor award at the 52 Golden Horse Film Awards. Mr. Six is filmed in Mandarin and runs for 136 minutes.
The extended cast for Mr. Six includes Feng Xiaogang as Mr. Six, Zhang Hanyu as Mensan'er (Scrapper), Xu Qing as Hua Xiazi, Li Yifeng as Xiaobo (Mr. Six's son), Kris Wu as Xiaofei, Liu Hua as Dengzhao'er (Lampshade), and Liang Jing as Dengzhao'er's wife, with additional roles by Congo Pax, Yu Hewei, Lian Yiming, Shang Yuxian, Zhang Yi, Zhang Yishan, Ning Hao, Wang Junkai, Roy Wang and Jackson Yi.