My rating: 85/100
Original title: Yi dai zong shi
Description: The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Directed by: Kar Wai Wong
Origin: Hong Kong, China
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Runtime: 2hr 10min
Release date: 30 August 2013
I thought this film was wonderful. I’ve been going through Wong’s filmography slowly but surely and The Grandmaster was the next one on my list to watch. I love seeing how versatile Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang are as actors, he has appeared in all the Wong movies I’ve seen thus far, and Zhang in most of them. Of course most of us are already familiar with Zhang due to her work in some Western films, but Tony Leung was a new face for me.
If you’re expecting to see anything featuring Bruce Lee in this film, you’ll be disappointed. It’s all about Ip Man, his life, and those in his life during his era. This is a very classy film, the fight scenes are beautifully choreographed yet not over the top or flashy (well, except maybe for the opening scene!). This isn’t about gratuitous combat though, there is a lot of philosophy being shared and it was very insightful and inspiring to take in.