The Grandmaster
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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%

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"The movie's problems are, in part, those of a great artist trying something new. It's a fine mess."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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
"This air of melancholy that lies over the film is - I don't know. I was very interested about all this north, south the various elements of Kung Fu. I learned stuff from the film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"It is rich, distinctive and lush, as you would expect, although this new feature from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai has been a long time coming."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"Moody melancholy martial-arts costume drama, five years in the making, that thrives on great fight scenes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"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
"Tony Leung's charismatic performance as the man who was martial arts instructor to Bruce Lee anchors the film, but in this version at least the story equally belongs to Gong Er, and Zhang Yiyi is splendid in the role, especially in the later scenes."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"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
"It ranks with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers as one of the most elegant and beautiful martial-arts films to play American screens."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
""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
"An ornate period film about kung fu that is so godawfully tedious and solemn it seems designed to bore people right into the very fabric of their seats. Even the sub-standard fight scenes are terribly shot."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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
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