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The Grandmasters (2013)

The Grandmasters

Overview


Genre

Action, Drama

Release Date

August 23, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

130 min.

Studio

The Weinstein Company

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Wong Kar Wai

Producer

Wong Kar Wai, Jacky Pang Yee Wah

Screenwriter

Wong Kar Wai, Xu Haofeng, Jingzhi Zou

Starring

  • Tony Leung
  • Zhang Ziyi as Gong Er
  • Chang Chen
  • Song Hye Kyo
  • Leung Siu-Lung
  • Wang Qingxiang

Story


With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results.

Ip Man is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn't keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground so he has to use every means in order to get out of there. The masters are amazed by his abilities. Master Kung and his daughter Kung Yi are amongst, and the latter is attracted to this newcomer.

A high warlord is assassinated by his own guard Yi Xian Tian. All masters in Foshan vow to take Tian down no matter what...

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes..”
by Maggie Lee [Variety]
“..narrative was never a strong suite in Wong's films, which typically were mood pieces boosted by his signature artistic flourishes. These trademarks are still very much alive in 'The Grandmaster'..”
by Gabriel Chong [movieXclusive.com]
“..there was a rush to complete the HK$300 million film in time to meet its January release dates in Hong Kong and on the mainland, the viewer can see the haste. As it is, one leaves the cinema feeling there are too many loose ends..”
by Yvonne Teh [South China Morning Post]