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"The Grandmaster" @ San Mateo 12: Bruce Lee's master's story retold -- stylishly

Show time is: 4:35 PM. We'll gather on the plaza outside the theater starting at 4 PM, and go into the theater around 4:20, to get seats.

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 and Ziyi Zhang. 

“The Grandmaster,” a hypnotically beautiful dream from the Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, opens with curls of smoke, eddies of water and men soaring and flying across the frame as effortlessly as silk ribbons. However much history informs this movie, “The Grandmaster” is, at its most persuasive, about the triumph of style. It’s been five long years since Mr. Wong, one of the greatest filmmakers working today, had a new movie, and it’s a pleasure to have him back." -- Manohla Dargis, NY Times Critic's Pick

"An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, "The Grandmaster" finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results. He's found a way to join the romantic languor of his earlier films like "In the Mood for Love" with the fury of Bruce Lee." -- Kenneth Turan, LA Times


If you're interested in dinner after the movie, note "Dinner" in your RSVP comments. Dinner location is TBD, but there are lots of options nearby. 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    A good portrait of China. Main male actor very attractive.

    August 31, 2013

    • John

      The sparse dialogue reminded me of a spaghetti Western. But the female lead was a lot better looking than Clint Eastwood.

      September 1, 2013

  • John

    Enjoyed it. Story was like an epic poem and action was ballet.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The movie was very interesting.... gave a portrait of China over the years. The lead male was very attractive...

    August 31, 2013

  • Patti

    I ended up at the used bookstore beforehand and then wasn't sure where the group was meeting, so I sat alone! This film was worth viewing just for the pieces that worked. That scene after her opium head landing on the pillow and the snow from childhood to adolescence was so startling, beautiful and emotional allowing for the impact of her Father on her life and the movement like poetry. Thanks for the invite! I hope all had a similar reaction to the film. A bit long also I thought, like Crouching Tiger, yet worth taking it all in.

    August 31, 2013

  • Tracy B.

    This was an awesome movie! It surpassed my expectations. Would like to see it again, especially the international version. Thanks, Russ, for organizing this.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in the East Bay Oakland, I'd like to come, could...anyone give me a ride? Car got stolen.

    August 31, 2013

  • Maryam

    Dinner too. Look forward to seeing everyone!

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dinner too. I look forward to discussing this film.

    August 30, 2013

  • John

    dinner

    August 29, 2013

  • ITdiva

    Can't wait to see the movie. Already planned to go with friends at Redwood City. Great director. I have seen all of his previous movies. Excellent actors too.
    Everyone, enjoy, and see you at another movie soon!
    Suggestion: "The Spectacular Now".

    August 29, 2013

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  • Russ
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • John
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
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