Fistful of Vengeance ending explained – can the Wu Assassin save the day?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: February 18, 2022 (Last updated: December 30, 2023)
Fistful of Vengeance ending explained - can the Wu Assassin save the day?

This article contains major spoilers for the ending of Fistful of Vengeance.

Fistful of Vengeance is designed to work as both a standalone movie and a continuation of Wu Assassins, a one-and-done Netflix series that was released in 2019. While the film works on its own terms purely as an action spectacle, some familiarity with the show will doubtlessly enrich the experience, so what follows is a bit of a primer on what happens, why, and how it connects – or doesn’t! – to the established characters and continuity.

So, at the start of Fistful of Vengeance, Kai, Lu Xin, and Tommy are in Thailand, having been led there by an ancient piece of stone clasped by Tommy’s now-dead sister Jenny. After battling Chi vampires, they meet Dr. William Pan, who delivers a good helping of exposition about Dao, and the first man Pan Gu, who separated the heavens and Earth to shape the universe, and was cleaved into two halves of chaos and order by the first-ever Wu Assassin after being driven mad by his own power. Now, William embodies the half devoted to order, while his twin Ku An Qi is pure chaos.

Ku An Qi is also the queen of Bangkok’s underworld, which makes Williams’s request to kidnap her from a meeting of Triad bosses a bit of a tough ask. The point is to reunite the two halves of a talisman that’ll restore order to the world. The hotel where the meeting is taking place, which Tommy’s friend Preeya helps them infiltrate, is host to the first of the film’s several extended fight sequences as Ku sets a mind-controlled horde of gangbangers on them. Zan makes an appearance here, as does a new character in Interpol officer Zama, who has previous with Lu Xin.

Fistful of Vengeance ending

According to a shaman named Chatree, who Preeya introduces the group to, William is actually working with Ku and has been all along in an effort to reform Pan Gu and thus remake the world in their image. The Chi of the Wu Assassin is integral to this plan. Chatree is killed when Preeya lets Ku and William’s army into the magically-protected village after having been swayed by their false promises – and she takes the half of the talisman that Jenny had with her. With both halves now able to be reunited, Kai decides he must stop them.

The final battle takes place at a dig site owned by William’s company, which was where the first Wu Assassin split Pan Gu in half. Tommy and Zama, with help from a remorseful Preeya, are able to take down Ku, while Kai kills Zan, though William is able to take his essence and transform himself into Pangu. Using mind control, he attempts to force Lu Xin to fight Kai, but their friendship wins out, and together, the good guys are able to defeat William and split the talisman once again.

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