The Grandmaster (U.S. version) (2013)

  • World of Wong Kar Wai
  • 1h 48m
  • Hong Kong, China

Nearly 10 years in the making, Wong’s latest feature to date is perhaps his most ambitious project, a propulsive action epic inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (played by Tony Leung with effortless precision and cool). The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty: a time of chaos, divided loyalties, and war, but also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the country’s subtropical South, The Grandmaster —presented in this retrospective in both the U.S. and Hong Kong theatrical cuts—features exquisitely staged action and virtuosic performances by Leung and Ziyi Zhang, who lends a transfixing allure to the fictional Gong Er, Ip’s friend and fellow martial artist.

Director

Wong Kar Wai

Languages

Cantonese, Mandarin

Subtitles

English

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