2014 Oscar Foreign Language Films: Yi Dai Zong Shi (The Grandmaster)


2013 Golden Rooster Awards – Winners, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction.
2013 Shanghai Film Critics Awards – Winner Film of Merit.

In this Wong Kar Wai’s version of the legendary Ip Man history, kung fu is not the usual lightning fast outburst of aggression. It’s a restrained, detailed, poetic, chess-like confrontation. A quarrel without words, cold as pouring rain, or maybe the falling snow. But this time perhaps, far too cold. The storyline is too episodic. And maybe it’s meant to be ‘ultra epic’, but endless slow-mo, extreme close-ups, and artsy blurry images can be quite excruciating.

My Rating: 5/10


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