Archive of films The Grandmaster / Yi dai zong shi
Hong Kong / China / USA
2013, 120 min
Director Wong Kar-wai portrays the legendary Chinese martial arts master Yip Man as a person whose life and actions express the philosophy and pure physical elegance of kung fu. This visually opulent film tells the story of the lost world of the last grandmasters, combining painstakingly rendered elements of classic kung fu movies with the poetic art-house style typical of the director’s previous films. Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi appear in the leads.
In the hands of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, legendary Chinese martial arts master Yip Man (1893-1972) is transformed into a person whose life and actions express the philosophy and pure physical elegance of kung fu. Although the film focuses on Yip Man’s life during the period 1930 to 1952, it does not limit itself to its main protagonist but also looks at other kung fu grandmasters of the era, including their relationships, loves and conflicts. Yip Man leaves his native Foshan in southern China for Hong Kong and must not only face other martial arts icons but also confront the turmoil of war and fated love.… In this visually opulent film, Wong Kar-wai tells the story of the lost world of the last grandmasters, combining painstakingly rendered elements of classic kung fu movies with the poetic art-house style typical of his previous works. The film, which is built upon a poetically loose perception of time and space, stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi.
About the director
Wong Kar-wai (b. 1958, Shanghai) has built up a reputation over the past two decades as a distinctive filmmaker with an idiosyncratic modern style and artistic sensibility whose films always garner attention at international festivals. This description can be applied to his directorial debut as well, the gangster drama As Tears Go By (Wong gok ka moon, 1988). His other award-winning films include Days of Being Wild (A Fei jing juen, 1990), the historical drama Ashes of Time (Dung che sai duk, 1994), the cult romance Chungking Express (Chonqing senlin, 1994), the crime story Fallen Angels (Duo luo tianshi, 1995), the love story Happy Together (Chung gwong cha sit, 1997 – Best Director at Cannes), the nostalgic romance In the Mood for Love (Dut yeung nin wa, 2000), the sci-fi movie 2046 (2004 – European Film Award), the omnibus film Eros (2004), and the romantic comedy My Blueberry Nights (2007).
About the film
|Screenplay:||Wong Kar-Wai, Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng|
|Dir. of Photography:||Philippe Le Sourd|
|Music:||Shigeru Umebayashi, Nathaniel Mechaly|
|Producer:||Wong Kar-wai, Jacky Pang Yee Wah|
|Production:||Jet Tone Productions, Sil-Metropole Organisation|
|Cast:||Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen|
|Contact:||Wild Bunch, Hollywood Classic Entertainment|
|Distributor:||Hollywood Classic Entertainment|
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