By Derek Sante - Review Nation
The story has been told in movies before, but never has the legend of Ip man been so artistic. Spanning decades and encompassing the chaos that overtook China and the fall of the last dynasty. The film shows the beauty and pride in separate styles of martial arts and the eventual downfall due to war, technology and a world moving at a pace that doesn’t allow one time to breathe.
Made with an all-star cast, The Grandmaster delivers action, love and pain as a man’s life is opened like a book. The Ip man (Tony Leung) is joined by Ziyi Zhang (Best known from Rush Hour 2 and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Together they deliver a stellar performance which is multiplied by the director and cinematographer of the film. And while it becomes somewhat slow at points, it does work to move you along as a courageous fighter finds himself powerless when the world around him tears itself apart. Focused on Love and Loss the story of the man who taught Bruce Lee is worthy of a movie, or even several.
Note: The version I reviewed was with subtitles.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 2hr 10mins.
Movie Trailer - The Grandmaster