Wong Kar Wai

The Grandmaster

Yi dai zong shi

A sumptuous historical biopic that delivers thrilling action with poetic grace.

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Hong Kong/China 2013
Dir Wong Kar Wai
With Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shenyang, Song Hye Kyo
Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
Certificate 15

Wong reunites with long-term collaborator Leung in this sweeping historical epic about legendary martial arts master Ip Man, who counted Bruce Lee as one of his students. There’s a hint of forbidden love between the married guru and Gong Er (Zhang), the daughter of another grandmaster, but it’s the jaw-dropping fight sequences, staged with lavish elegance, that take centre stage.

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