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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's problems are, in part, those of a great artist trying something new. It's a fine mess."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Wong Kar Wai is an expressionist master. A master of character - deep, rich, truthful character - especially in The Grandmaster, he is not."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It is to swoon. Even the buttons on a fine coat are given the emphasis of the whoosh of a blade, the crack of a bone or the scrape and grind and rush of a locomotive. Nothing is relative: all is memory. A dream."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"In the absence of genuine profundity, but with dazzling craft on frequent display, his most ardent devotees may summon enough loyalty to defend this one as a noble failure."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The American version is beautiful and moody, and it is muddy in expression, but probably worth seeing anyway."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The Grandmaster blends right in with Wong's body of work, a gorgeous meditation on the importance of sorrow and lament. This one just happens to have kung fu, too."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
""The Grandmaster" can feel stiff at times, and something is doubtlessly lost in translation. But the precision and magic of Wong Kar Wai's camera is so captivating it doesn't matter."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Wong's grandest film to date...while the trade-off in intimacy and narrative nuance isn't quite worth it, as a sensorial experience it's undeniably impressive."
‑ Tom Clift, Movie Mezzanine
"As commendable as Wong's film is at visualizing things, it's far less proficient at contextualizing them."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Wong Kar Wai has something slow, lush and precise in mind for this story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the legendary martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. He offers a chance to dream in kung fu."
‑ Dave White,
"You leave this deeply flawed, deeply beautiful film with no doubt that you've seen an indisputable cinematic grandmaster in action."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Moody melancholy martial-arts costume drama, five years in the making, that thrives on great fight scenes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Each battle moves with such balletic grace they make Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon seem as if it's standing still."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"A complete surprise. Not the strictly martial arts action film but also one of compelling beauty and romance."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
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