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The Grandmaster

2014-01-17 12:23
What it's about:

An epic action feature inspired by the life and times of 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.

What the critics say:

The Grandmaster blends right in with Wong's body of work, a gorgeous meditation on the importance of sorrow and lament. This one just happens to have kung fu, too.
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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

Beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions.
- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

The director took great efforts to be true to Chinese martial arts, but he did so without sacrificing his own distinctive vision.
- Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

Once upon a time in kung fu.
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