Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Grandmaster (2013)

Director: Kar Wai Wong. Cast: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Biography/Drama.

A movie about the legendary Ip Man ... again! With all the movies out there, I'm getting suspicious: either we're not being told the whole picture, or filmmakers are making stuff up about him. This version features prominent Chinese actors guided by a prominent director, but the story is all over the place. Couldn't figure heads from tails whether this was a romantic, historical, biographical, or epic drama (or all of the above). Flashbacks distort the narrative flow, and the last 10 minutes are entirely extra. Of course, we're reminded for the nth time that Bruce Lee was Ip Man's student.

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