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Genres Drama Action
Running Time 108 min
Release Date Aug 23, 2013
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The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)

This is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.

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08-30-2013 - DFW.com - Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The figure of Ip Man, also known as Yip Man, is legendary in Asian martial-arts circles. He’s the teacher in early-20th-century China who led a colorful, combative life, helped popularize the study of wing chun (a form of kung fu) and taught Bruce Lee.

He’s also inspired a veritable cottage industry of movies with colon-heavy titles — The Legend Is Born: Ip Man; Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster; Ip Man: The Final Fight among them — all of which are entertaining but hardly transcendent.

That changes now with The Grandmaster, Hong Kong director/writer Wong Kar Wai’s masterful, handsomely shot biography that immediately makes all the Ip Man films that preceded it unnecessary.

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