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The Grandmaster Movie

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GRANDMASTER FLASH OR NO FLASH? Another retelling of the tale of Ip Man, the martial arts legend
Weinstein

The Grandmaster

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
108 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/23/13
performer:
Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang
director:
Kar Wai Wong
distributor:
The Weinstein Company
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It’s the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was directed by the heady sensualist Wong Kar-wai. Tony Leung plays Ip Man with his old-movie charisma and reserve, but the film, despite a few splendid fights, is a biohistorical muddle that never finds its center. Maybe that’s because — big mistake! — it never gets to Bruce Lee. C+

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