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The Grandmaster(一代宗師)

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Hong Kong, China · 2013
Rated PG-13 · 2h 10m
Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Song Hye-kyo
Genre Action, Drama, History

The life story of legendary kung fu master Ip Man, the warrior who trained Bruce Lee.

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The Grandmaster offers welcome relief from a moviegoing summer spent in sensory overload.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film, more likely to invite comparisons to the writings of Marcel Proust than the previous Ip Man films, is a gorgeous folly that never entirely emerges from its creator's head.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Intermittently action-packed and lethargic, the movie dances around formula. By delivering an expressionistic character study with bursts of intensity unlike anything else in his oeuvre and yet stylistically representative of its entirety, Wong practically has it both ways.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Tony Leung plays Ip Man with his old-movie charisma and reserve, but the film, despite a few splendid fights, is a biohistorical muddle that never finds its center. Maybe that's because — big mistake! — it never gets to Bruce Lee.

80 by Stephanie Zacharek

This is a story told in shards; Wong is so obsessed with visual details – faces refracted as if in a broken mirror, or fragile arcs of blood being traced out on the pavement by the feet of two feuding kung fu masters – that the story he’s trying to tell is partly obscured by them.

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