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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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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Kar-Wai Wong (story) (as Kar Wai Wong), Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay) (as Kar Wai Wong) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Ip Man (as Tony Leung)
Cung Le ... Iron Shoes
Qingxiang Wang Qingxiang Wang ... Master Gong Yutian
Elvis Tsui ... Mr. Hung (as Jinjiang Xu)
Hye-Kyo Song ... Zhang Yongcheng (as Hye-kyo Song)
Kar-Yung Lau Kar-Yung Lau ... Master Yong (as Chia Yung Liu)
Chau Yee Tsang Chau Yee Tsang ... Shorty (as Chiu Yee Tsang)
Hoi-Pang Lo Hoi-Pang Lo ... Uncle Deng
Shun Lau ... Master Rui
Xiaofei Zhou Xiaofei Zhou ... Sister San
Mancheng Wang Mancheng Wang ... Master Ba
Ting Yip Ng ... Brother Sau
Man Keung Cho Man Keung Cho ... Cho Man
Tony Ling Tony Ling ... Foshan Martial Artist
Tielong Shang 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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In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

30 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grandmaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,617, 25 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,594,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,076,736
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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: My father would always say, people who practice martial arts go through three stages: seeing yourself, seeing the world, seeing all living beings.
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References Once Upon a Time in America (1984) See more »

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Casey's Movie Mania: THE GRANDMASTER (2013)
21 April 2013 | by caseymoviemaniaSee all my reviews

Wong Kar-Wai's 10 years-in-the-making of the so-called Ip Man biopic is exquisitely photographed and blessed with some dazzling fight choreography, but THE GRANDMASTER is mostly a scattershot mess of unfocused direction.

When director Wong Kar-Wai first announced the project way back in 2002, I bet a lot of die-hard fans are eager to see how the critically-acclaimed art-house director is going to do a big-screen treatment of the legendary Ip Man. Fast forward to 2013 (after a string of delays and whatnot), THE GRANDMASTER has came and gone with mostly favorable reviews and successful box office runs. However, after finally watching it, I must say that THE GRANDMASTER turns out to be an overrated effort after all.

Likewise, Wong Kar-Wai is always meticulous when comes to distinctive visual flair. Philippe Le Sourd and Song Xiaofei's sumptuous cinematography is nice to look at, while beautifully framed Yuen Woo-Ping's fight choreography with such balletic mix of slow motion and various camera speeds. The rest of the technical credits are equally ace -- ranging from its elaborate production design to its detailed costume design. On the plus side, the first half is particularly engaging. As for the cast, Zhang Ziyi excels the most as the hotheaded, yet emotionally frustrating Gong Er.

The second half is hastily stitched together, while burdened by terribly inconsistent pace. It's understandable that Wong Kar-Wai's movie is always fragmented but this time, THE GRANDMASTER is way uneven yet unfocused. Another biggest problem here is the sudden change of focus from narrating Ip Man story to Gong Er story. If that's not insulting enough, the introduction of Chang Chen's The Razor character feels vague and needless altogether. Apart from Zhang Ziyi's exceptional performance, it's rather surprising to see the usually-reliable Tony Leung Chiu-Wai doesn't impress much as Ip Man. Although he is charismatic enough, he fails to expand his Ip Man character with a satisfying emotional center other than looking cool or broods a lot. Popular Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo is sadly neglected in a thankless role (thanks to Wong Kar-Wai for cutting off most of her scenes in the editing room) as Ip Man's wife, Zhang Yongcheng.

It's quite sad to see what could have been another classic Wong Kar-Wai movie-in-the-making turns out to be a disappointment. Strictly for die-hard fans.

http://caseymoviemania.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-grandmaster-2013.html


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