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The Grandmaster (2013)

Yi dai zong shi (original title)
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The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

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(story) (as Kar Wai Wong), (screenplay) (as Kar Wai Wong) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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Qingxiang Wang ...
Elvis Tsui ...
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Chia Yung Liu ...
Chau Yee Tsang ...
Shorty (as Chiu Yee Tsang)
Hoi-Pang Lo ...
Shun Lau ...
Xiaofei Zhou ...
Sister San
Mancheng Wang ...
Master Ba
Ting Yip Ng ...
Brother Sau
Man Keung Cho ...
Cho Man
Tony Ling ...
Foshan Martial Artist
Tielong Shang ...
Jiang
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Storyline

Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San. Written by Immanuel Ambhara

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 2013 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$132,617 (USA) (23 August 2013)

Gross:

$6,594,136 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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Trivia

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes short-range practical combat with direct punches and blocks and low kicks. Its practitioners are trained to quickly approach and engage opponents at close range. This can negate the longer range of taller opponents by attacking from inside their offensive perimeter. See more »

Quotes

Gong Er: I had considered a career in opera years ago, I had received training. I had thought about it a lot: me on stage performing, and you in the audience watching...
Ip Man: What if your performance had sold out?
Gong Er: [smiles] You flatter me. I would have reserved a seat specifically for you.
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Art & Action blended at its best, first rate.
30 August 2013 | by (Asia) – See all my reviews

When Wong Kar Wai announced he will start to make a movie about Ip Man, a few followed, all made and shown with success before Wong complete his. Knowing that a WKW movie is never straightforward story-telling, I know his will be different from all others but wonder how different will it be compared to his "Ashes of Time". I will not write anything about the story or the script as I believe it will take some joy away from anyone who is going to watch it. I watched the original first released version. I am dumbfounded, especially with Zhang Ziyi(Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, 2046)and Tony Leung's action. They are not Jet Li or Michelle Yeoh but in this movie, they fought so convincingly well that you will think they really know Wing Chun(a type of Chinese Kung-fu). For those who find Wong Kar Wai's past movies too stylish, artistic or difficult to understand, this one is different and most suitable for the general audience but without lacking in style or arts. If there is any complaint, it will be from fans of Tony Leung who may feel that he is overshadowed by Zhang, especially in the action scenes. Just like her Crouching Tiger movie, I believe she acted so well, so much so that the director kept more of her scenes for the final movie.(She is nominated for best actress in the coming China-equivalent of the Oscar). Never have I seen any movie in the past where an actress did so well in both action and drama scenes in the same film. Another actor deserved a mention is Taiwanese Zhang Chen; he is equally as compelling as Zhang in both action and drama here although his screen time is short. Tony Leung did not give me any surprise aside from the action scenes. As for the cinematography, editing and the rest, I think others have already raved enough. Go watch it before reading too much. This is what I call a real movie. It's meant to be seen, not read.


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