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The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)

In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing.

The Grandmaster is the story of two kung fu masters: he comes from China’s south; she is from the north. His name is Ip Man; hers is Gong Er. Their paths cross in his hometown of Foshan on the eve of the Japanese invasion in 1936. Gong Er’s father is a renowned grandmaster, who also travels to Foshan, for his retirement ceremony. This tale of betrayal, challenge, honour and love plays out against the chaotic backdrop of war and occupation. This is not the first time Wong Kar Wai has turned his hand to a martial arts film. Ashes of Time (1994) was a feast of visual impressions suffused with a profound sense of melancholy. Clashing swords, fighting fists and acrobatic bodies – in the new epic, The Grandmaster, external actions are similarly inseparable from the internal battles of the protagonists, as feelings are translated into movements, and motion becomes emotion. – Berlin International Film Festival Official Trailer
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Directed by: 
Wong Kar Wai
Running Time: 
China, U.S.A.
Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese with English Subtitles
Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Cheng Chang, Cung Le, Hye-kyo Song
Screenplay by: 
Wong Kar Wai, Haofeng Xu, Jingzhi Zou

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