THE GRANDMASTER (15)

Date Time
Sun 11th January 7.45pm
Thurs 15th January 7.45pm

Dir: Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong / China | 2013 | 130 mins |Mandarin W/ Eng ST
Cast | Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang

Wong Kar Wai’s double Oscar-nominated film inspired by the life of legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man (Tony Leung) is a triumph. Born into a wealthy family in Foshan, Ip’s life changes when a Martial Arts Grandmaster names him as his heir, bypassing his only child Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi) as tradition dictates. Bent on restoring her family’s honour, she challenges Ip, igniting a relationship between the two that lasts a lifetime.
 
Spanning China’s chaotic Republican era, war with the Japanese and Ip’s move to the US, this is a philosophical, impressionistic ‘kung fu dream’ and a superbly stylish, visually breath-taking work.
 
“The Grandmaster is something pretty special.” Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

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