- Original title
Yut doi jung si (Yi dai zong shi) (Yidai zongshi) (The Grandmasters) (The Grandmaster)
- Running time
- 130 min.
Wong Kar-Wai, Xu Haofeng, Zou Jinzhi (Story: Wong Kar-Wai)
Philippe Le Sourd
Tony Leung Chiu Wai,
Leung Siu Lung,
Julian Cheung Chi-lam,
Chau Yee Tsang,
Ting Yip Ng,
Co-production China-Hong Kong; Block 2 Pictures / Sil-Metropole Organisation / Annapurna Pictures / Jet Tone Films
Drama. Action | Martial Arts. Biography. China-Japan War (II)
- Synopsis / Plot
- The story of martial-arts and the soul of China civilization. Two kung fu masters —Ip Man (Tony Leung), the man who trained Bruce Lee, and Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), who comes from the north, meet in Ip Man's hometown of Foshan on the eve of the Japanese invasion in 1936. Gong Er's grandfather, a renowned grandmaster, is also traveling to Foshan for his retirement ceremony, which is to take place at the legendary brothel The Golden Pavilion. This story of betrayal, honor and love plays out during 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.
: Academy Awards: Best Cinematography and Custome design
: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Foreign Films
: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection - Out of Competition
- Critics' reviews
The first reviews from film critics in China about the film are very good ones, saying that the film has the former Wong Kar-Wai style and what action and martial art fans can expect [information from the WSJ correspondant in Asia].
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