“A lush visual epic based loosely on the life of Ip Man, the legendary martial artist who trained Bruce Lee, THE GRANDMASTER—like all of Wong Kar-Wai’s (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE) movies—is meticulously made and extra-ordinary to look at. Tony Leung makes his entrance fending off a slew of challengers with his bare hands, during a downpour no less. The narrative unfolds as Ip Man, played by Leung, reflects on the events of his life: He recalls the martial arts training he received as a kid, his ascent to the level of master, the contentment he felt at having a wife and children. The challenges Ip faces aren’t all of the kicking and leaping sort: He suffers through the Japanese invasion in which he loses his family, and finds himself adrift before settling in Hong Kong….The fight sequences in THE GRANDMASTER are glorious and Wong revels in their surreal quality—they’re as much a part of his dreamscape as, say, Maggie Cheung’s brocade cheongsams in IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. Wong is addicted to hallucinatory beauty, and his MO is to inject us with that same fever”—Stephanie Zacharek, Film.com. In Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese with English subtitles. PG-13. 123 Min.
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