The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

Blu-ray Disc | Chinese
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Watch an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of Chiná¿s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division, and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
Edition: Blu-ray.
Branch Call Number: 791.43652 GRANDMASTER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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This action film is also inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, and stars some of the greatest actors/actresses of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

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Nov 08, 2020

Not a martial arts movie fan. Tried to watch this one, thought it was horrible. Had to turn it off due to boredom. Never finished movie.

Feb 09, 2019

This is a super movie; I simply love it very much!!
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Jan 25, 2019

This is a landmark martial arts film.

It highlights the first female grandmaster, Gong Er -- the real protagonist of the film. The major schools of kungfu at the time are represented. The director Wong Kar Wai is a legend in martial arts films. His action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping is tops. And the masters of the different kung fu schools who trained Tony Leong and Ziyi Zhang are all first rate, though not identified in the film.


Jun 15, 2016

Note this DVD is not all Mandarin, it's both Cantonese & Mandarin with no Mandarin subtitles for the Cantonese portions. However, some great action sequences by Tony & Ziyi.

Jan 31, 2016

Very stylish movie centered around the plantonic aching love relationship between Gung Fu masters Ip Man and Gong Er. As filmbufs pointed out, produced by the best director in martial arts genre, greatest fight scene choreographer and performed by today's most popular Chinese stars. Like most foreign films, the English subtitle seldom captures the true spirit of original dialogues. This is no different I suspect, see quotes.

Aug 14, 2015

This is a fantastic film. The fotography, the music and the story. This is not a martial arts movie, is a film made to become a classic. Great film.

Jul 21, 2015

I have never heard of the The Grandmaster and I was a little hesitant to watch it mainly because of the title and thought it would simply be another 'standard' martial arts movie. Whoa, was I wrong. Within five minutes, I knew I was in a for a visual treat and I was right.

This film may not be for all viewers - there are just people out there who cannot sit through artistic, visually demanding movies - and that's okay. This movie is similar in style to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, Curse of the Golden Flower and The House of Flying Daggers; visually stunning, exceptional choreography and story lines that intertwine romance, drama and martial arts.

If you're a fan of stylized, artistic visuals then you won't be disappointed. And if you appreciate the stylized choreography of those movies, also choreographed by the amazing Yeun Wo Ping, then you're in for a treat here. All five of these movies are similar, not only on their production values, but that they all intertwine three elements: Action, Romance and a touch of Fantasy. Without all three elements being present or without all three elements done just perfectly right, the films would suffer.

I am sad to admit in never having heard of the director, Wong Kar-Wai before, but I will be searching for more of his films going forward. He has a way of creating action-packed scenes and tender, dramatic moments, sometimes within the same scene; something not easily accomplished and altogether rare.

The Grandmaster was nominated for two Academy Awards (cinematography and Costumes) and if it weren't for the film, Gravity, The Grandmaster would have surely won for cinematography. It has been nominated or won countless other honors from various Award or Critic societies. Not that awards mean that much but it does lend a bit of credibility and can help elevate its status.

geraldine69 Jun 09, 2015

very good

PimaLib_AmyP May 09, 2015

Wong is my favorite director, and Tony Leung is one of my favorite actors, but this movie fell short. I was extremely excited to watch this film since I first saw the trailer, but it ended up having a similar narrative and pacing as Wong's film "2046". I feel so bad that Tony went through so much training for the film and it ended up being a flop.

May 07, 2015

It is a fancy and artistic kung fu movie

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Jan 31, 2016

Kungfu - two words. Horizontal. Vertical. Make a mistake - horizontal. Stay standing and you win.
In 1936, Foshan was a prosperous city. Life was peaceful and good. Back then, men socialised in brothels. Such places were popular in the South. Foshan's finest was Republic House. Its walls were covered in gold, so we called it the Gold Pavilion. It was the first to have an elevator. Enter a prince, exit a pauper. You'd spend money like water.
I once had a temper like yours: winning was everything. But life's bigger than that. Take a longer view. Past the mountains the world opens up. Not to see the good in others, not to admit their talent, is to lack generosity. Our high standards in martial arts apply to character as well.
-Father, why did you bring me to a brothel?
If you don't see something, does it not exist? No harm in seeing.

Jan 31, 2016

-The 64 Hands have endless combinations. Your Wing Chun is a three-trick pony. Spade, Pin, Sheath. How can it compete?
Three's enough to take care of you. … Yong, your fireworks have fizzled.
-What of it? I'm an old man. Youth trumps skill.
-Do you remember what I taught you?
-Never put yourself first, show respect. There's always someone better. To yield is not to lose.

-Let's go over my supreme move. The Old Monkey Hangs up his Badge. Have you practiced it?
-You know the key to it?
I was never told.
-It's looking back in reflection. It's not the upward move, but the turning back. Understand what I'm saying? A warrior molds himself to the times.
-You've got two hands and two feet. How you gonna beat us all?
You're mistaken. I have two hands but Wing Chun has eight kicks.

Jan 31, 2016

-In Hong Kong no one knows Wing Chun. Any special moves?
Not really. Three basic hands - Spade, Pin, Sheath.
-How many forms?
The Concept, The Bridge, and Darting Fingers.
Double Knives and the Six-and-a-half Point Pole.
-Anything else?
That's it. Bone-setting, internal energy - I don't do any of that. Drifters, lion dancers - I don't teach those types.
People - they change with the times. Wear shoes that suit the crossing, and underpants that fit your ass. In Hong Kong, I can only afford these cigarettes. Back home, I smoked real Manchurian tobacco. Now that was smoking. Be mild, good, respectful, thrifty, deferential. Deferential is the key. Let's say I'm smoking. A stranger sits down. I defer to him: Have a smoke. Even if he doesn't smoke, he must accept or he'll make me lose face.

Jan 31, 2016

-The Gong Family legacy I return to you.
-Let's be clear. You didn't return it. I took it back myself.
my time is running out. To say there are no regrets in life, is just to fool yourself. How boring it would be without regrets.
In life, ability isn't everything. Some thrive in light, others in shadow. The times make us what we are.

My father said mastery had three stages - being, knowing, doing. I know myself. I've seen the world. Sadly, I can't pass on what I know. This is a road I won't see to the end. I hope you will.

Jan 31, 2016

We have a saying in the North - a tiger never quits the mountain. We've both been living on foreign soil. I'm so very tired. I want to go home. But I wanted to return this to you first (a button.) As for the 64 Hands, I've already forgotten them. I was lucky to meet you in my prime. Sadly, my time is running out. To say there are no regrets in life, is just to fool yourself. How boring it would be without regrets.
In life, as in chess, a move once made stays on the board. What we have is simply fate. Your father once said, never give up the faith. Keep the light burning.
These are the ashes from when she cut and burnt her hair. She said she knew you a long time, but you didn't really know her, nor she you. Seeing these ashes, you'll understand her better. Mr. Ip, the Gong Family is through. Miss Gong belongs to you now. Like her father, Gong Er never lost a fight. She only ever lost to herself.

aaa5756 Jun 27, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr


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