The Grandmasters: Another Ip Man Bio-Pic?

January 16, 20130 Comments

New movie by Wong Kar Wai called “The Grandmasters”, a film that was in development hell for quite some time, has recently been released in Asia (Hong Kong release was on January 10th, 2013).

This is another movie featuring Ip Man, not part of the Ip Man franchise starring Donnie Yen. The movie is not a “bio pic” per se as with other Ip Man related movies trying to cash in on the popularity of the Ip Man franchise.

Ip Man is played by Tony Leung, while the antagonist of the story is a fictional character played by Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) named Gong Er, a martial artist from the north who challenges Ip Man in a duel.

While there’s a lot of drama, this is ultimately a “martial arts film” featuring the dazzling action chorography of Yuen Woo Ping.

Without getting into spoilers, “The Grandmasters” storyline is really more about Gong Er than Ip Man, and deals with another conflict between Zhang Ziyi’s character and Ma Shan – her father’s best student, played with Zhang Jin.

And the action between the battle of gung fu supremacy, northern vs southern systems are visually stunning.

The original film was shot as a 4-hour movie, however it has been edited down to a managable 2-hours.

While the film is great, those who are looking for another Ip Man-like movie, may be a bit disappointed.

For you MMA fans, you will get to see Cung Le “fight” Tony Leung in his biggest role yet.

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