The Grandmaster

August 26th, 2013


The Grandmaster

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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.

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Taglines: In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing.


Official Website: Official site [Japan]

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Filming Locations: Chikan Movie and Television City, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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Runtime: (Hong Kong)

Did You Know?

One reason for the long development time of the movie was that the film spent over a year in editing before director Kar Wai Wong was satisfied. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

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/****


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