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The Grandmaster

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Wong Kar Wai

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About the Movie

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 who mentored Bruce Lee. 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 and Ziyi Zhang.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Aug 30, 2013

Rotten: Beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 29, 2013

Fresh: As a kung fu film, "The Grandmaster," with its exhilarating fighting sequences, won't disappoint. As a Wong Kar-wai film, it rates high. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Aug 29, 2013

Fresh: Granted, "The Grandmaster" is not a primer on Chinese philosophy. Yet it may score as crossover cinema for Wong fans and Lee fans. – Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

This is an incredible movie, BUT, don't expect a "little Bruce Lee" story.

I wondered why such the disparity between 5 and 1 star ratings and now know why. All the 1-star folks are disappointed because this wasn't a "life and times of little Bruce Lee and the man who made him who he was" story. If you're looking for that then move on.

If you love cinematography, an amazing perfectly threaded score, 1940's China historical fiction, three intertwined beautifully inspired love stories, Crouching Tiger-like fight scenes with sweeping natural backdrops, fully-developed characters that you can't help, but to feel like you're living the story then THIS is your movie!

The Original is better - not what you think

Harvey Weinstein cuts a lot out of these films, he cut 22 minutes from this american version. The original is up for many awards (the full film from china, you can get it on eBay and other sites on blu ray) and better.

as for the other "original" ip man and ip man 2, they are very good, just different. different ways to tell story about same guy.

Not your typical martial arts film

This is a not a "bash em and smash em" type of martial arts movie people might expect if they're not familiar with Wong Kar Wai movies. I wasn't sure what to expect since I've already seen Ip Man 1 & 2, but knew that a Wong Kar Wai film would be special, if not very different.

This movie focuses more on the relationships between Ip Man and Gong Er rather than a singular focus on Ip Man's life and becoming a top-known martial artist. In that respect, you have to treat the movie as more as an art film of sorts. I thought the beginning was a little confusing as it cut to a lot of different action scenes but not really quite explaining what's going on. But after 30 mins, the story became more clear.

It's perhaps the most beautifully shot "martial arts" movie I've ever seen, the details, the slow motion, the atmosphere even the action scenes are gorgeously done.

Though this movie may not appeal to mainstream martial artist movie goers, it's a Wong Kar Wai movie - thus, you need to watch his films over and over again to pick up on details you may have missed the first time around.

The Grandmaster
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2013

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