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The Grandmaster 2013 15

108 mins People's Republic of China Director. Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of the Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor. Spanning several decades, it follows the story of intense rivalry and yearning that develops between the titular founder of the Wing Chun branch of kung fu (played by regular Wong collaborator Tony Leung) and the head of a competing school (Zhang Ziyi).

Wong Kar-Wai displayed his customary procrastination while editing the film, delaying its release once Donnie Yen had rushed into production an alternate trilogy about the Ip Man mythos. But Wong’s vision was worth the wait. Combing the lyrical style for which he made his name with stunning martial arts sequences, The Grandmaster is both a thrilling action film and a sumptuous visual experience.

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Directed by

Wong Kar-wai


Tony Leung Chiu-wai

Zhang Ziyi

Chang Chen

Zhao Benshan

Xiao Shenyang

Song Hye Kyo

Yuen Woo-ping

Lau Ka Yung


Action and Adventure Biopic


Chinese Cinema Oscars - Best Cinematography Festival Favourites


15 Contains strong violence




People's Republic of China



Production company

Block 2 Pictures

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