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The Grandmaster

  • Starring: Benshan Zhao, Chen Chang, Cung Le, Hye-kyo Song, Jin Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang
  • Director: Kar Wai Wong
  • Genre(s): Action, Biography, Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 108 min.

The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of legendary martial-arts master Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial ararts. [TWC]

"Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai exceeds expectations with The Grandmaster, fashioning a 1930s action saga into a refined piece of commercial filmmaking."
- Maggie Lee, Variety
"The Grandmaster is, at its most persuasive, about the triumph of style. When Ip Man slyly asks “What’s your style?” it’s clear that Mr. Wong is asking the same question because here, as in his other films, style isn’t reducible to ravishing surfaces; it’s an expression of meaning."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The Grandmaster, may well be the definitive illustration of kung fu in all its arcane schools and intricate styles. There's never been anything like it — a seemingly endless flow of spectacular images in a story about Ip Man (Tony Leung), the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The director took great efforts to be true to Chinese martial arts, but he did so without sacrificing his own distinctive vision."
- Mark Jenkins, Washington Post