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The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster
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THE GRANDMASTER

Yut doi jung si | 一代宗师

Directed by Wong Kar Wai
Hong Kong, China, 2013
Action, Drama, Biography

Synopsis

In 1930s China, Ip Man is celebrated as the grandmaster of Wing Chun. During a competition, he wins the affection of Gong Er, a master of the northern Chinese martial arts tradition. But the occupation by Japanese troops separates the two, and they will only meet again after the war ends.

Synopsis

In 1930s China, Ip Man is celebrated as the grandmaster of Wing Chun. During a competition, he wins the affection of Gong Er, a master of the northern Chinese martial arts tradition. But the occupation by Japanese troops separates the two, and they will only meet again after the war ends.

Our take

A martial-arts historical drama that balances an intimate, perceptive romantic drama with complexly choreographed high-wire action sequences, this is Wong Kar Wai working on a much larger and livelier scale, making a film as philosophical and poetic as it is unforgivingly kick-ass.