The GrandmasterAugust 19, 2013
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 6.6/10 (6,240 voted)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
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.
In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing.
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Filming Locations: Chikan Movie and Television City, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Did You Know?
The project was announced almost 10 years before its final release, due to director Kar Wai Wong's endless perfectionism. Several other motion pictures about the Ip Man that were conceived after this announcement (most famously Yip Man and Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster) were all released in the meantime. See more »
This project has been 10 years in the making, one year in the editing
room. It is a great film and the current IMDb rating of 6.6 is
ridiculous. I think I know why people are rating the film so low. They
are expecting to see another Wilson Yip version. This is not a movie
about Ip Man by Wong Kar Wai but more like a Wong Kar Wai film with Ip
Man as one of the characters. The cinematography is gorgeous the
editing is perfect the acting and fight choreography is amazing. Now
here is another factor that makes people misjudging the film. The
original rough cut was 4 hours long. Now it is just above 2 hours. It
is told with a non-linear narrative, jumping back and forth in time. It
doesn't focus on one character with one plot but instead it, kinda
unevenly so, jumps between characters focusing on the nature of the
characters philosophy, thoughts, feelings etc. instead of having a
straight forward, non confusing and easy to follow story line. It's a
movie filled with character, low on plot and for a marketed Martial
arts movie this can potentially turn people off. Evidently it has.
Verdict: Top notch-super beautiful cinematography, photography,
editing, choreography etc. Confusing story-line with some, at first
glance, important characters turning up only to disappear for the rest
(or most part) of the film. Will satisfy art-house fans and WKW fans in
general but most likely disappoint the hard core kung fu fans,
expecting another Donnie Yen version and in doing so, Missunderstanding
the film. They should add another 20 or 30 minutes. 9/10 ***½/****