Grunts, thwacks, slaps and yaaaii s pierce the air in grand master Frank Lee s Edmonton gym as his students practice his famous White Crane technique. Still ebullient and charismatic, Sifu Frank is turning 70 and, after a 25-year absence, his filmmaker son has decided to train at his dad s gym to understand his Chinese heritage and discover the man behind the legend before it s too late. As his training intensifies, their relationship remains distant until a father-son trip to Hong Kong triggers Sifu s painful memories of fighting to survive. Director Corey Lee perfectly blends stunning shots of kung fu and action-style animations with candid conversations to gradually reveal the men beneath the warrior and his once-estranged son. Lee executes a perfect combination punch with an action film that s also a love story about fathers and sons who fight for the courage to heal old wounds.
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