The Go Master
The Go Master (2006)

The material and spiritual sides of one man's life are reflected in a game that allowed him to become a hero in this historical drama from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang. Wu Qingyuan (Chang Chen) was born to a wealthy family in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2006
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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Impressively shot in 'Scope, it's a considerable achievement, possessed of a tranquil beauty and sagacity.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

A deeply thoughtful biopic of a legendary gaming master.

Andrew Pulver

With no attempt made to even explain the basic rules of Go, this is essentially a study of forehead-kneading concentration, of how to shut out even the most tempestuous of world events.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Under Tian Zhuangzhuang, one of China's leading directors, The Go Master unfolds as meditatively as a game of go.

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Ronnie Scheib

The film is structured as a series of tableaux with little connective tissue.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

The rapturous camerawork and Chang Chen's performance as Wu both delight, but there's little insight into what makes a game about white and black pebbles so utterly absorbing.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Tian Zhuangzhuang's biopic is a stately and respectful reflection on the life of Wu Qingyuan, one of the 20th century's top players of go, a Japanese game said to rival chess in complexity.

Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

... an elegant biopic with sufficient psychological complexity to draw audiences deeply into the characters' lives.

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Stella Papamichael

This soporific stupor and final pinch of defeat is the experience that most fully equates with watching this film.

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