(Hong Kong, 2013) Directed by Wong Kar-wai. Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai, Zou Jingzhi and Xu Haofeng.
Cast: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Zhao Benshan, and Song Hye Kyo.
It's been five long years since Wong Kar-wai released a film, and The Grandmaster is worth the wait! The masterful director of In the Mood for Love has come up with a martial arts story that is as much poetry as it is thrilling action. The Grandmaster is based on the legendary Ip Man, known for training Bruce Lee. It opens in the turbulent China of 1936 as Ip Man (Tony Leung) shows up at a competition to demonstrate his style of fighting for a retiring Grandmaster, who is looking for a successor. Balletic and thrilling, the fight sequences choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping are a marvel on the big screen. 108 min.
"a hypnotically beautiful dream...Again and again, images become feelings which become a bridge to this distant world." Manohla Dargis, New York Times.