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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Grandmaster has brawn but also brain: review

You may never see a more drop-dead gorgeous kung fu spectacle than The Grandmaster, a martial arts rhapsody by Hong Kong cinema's supreme stylist, Wong Kar Wai, best known to Western audiences for In the Mood for Love (2000). The director casts more
Macleans.ca (blog) ( 8/23/2013 6:25:31 AM -08:00 )

The Grandmaster has brawn but also brain: review
The Grandmaster. 2.5 stars. Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Jin and Wang Qingxiang. Directed by Wong Kar-wai. At Varsity Cinemas. 127 minutes. We're reminded early on in Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster that China's Yangtze River more
Toronto Star ( 8/23/2013 6:17:16 AM -08:00 )

Wong Kar-wai Gives a 'Grandmaster' Class
Wong Kar-wai Gives a Film director Wong Kar-wai is often dubbed an auteur, with cinephiles pointing to his stylized, step printed slow motion techniques in films such as “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love.” In person though, Wong is a bit goofy. Irreverent. Certainly more
Wall Street Journal (blog) ( 8/23/2013 6:05:57 AM -08:00 )

'The Grandmaster,' Wong Kar-wai's New Film
“The Grandmaster,” a hypnotically beautiful dream from the Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, opens with curls of smoke, eddies of water and men soaring and flying across the frame as effortlessly as silk ribbons. The men are warriors, street fighters with more
New York Times ( 8/23/2013 2:06:34 AM -08:00 )

Sparks Fly in 'Grandmaster'; 'World's End'; 'Next': Film
Wong Kar Wai's martial-arts romance “The Grandmaster” is a long series of fights, exquisitely choreographed and hypnotically shot in snow, in watery courtyards under heavy rain (which brings Pina Bausch to mind), in beautiful rooms that are beautifully more
Bloomberg ( 8/22/2013 10:18:08 PM -08:00 )

The Grandmaster: More ambitious melancholia from the hard-nosed
There are sequences in Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's new film, The Grandmaster, that are as gorgeous as anything you'll see on a screen this year, or perhaps this decade. From the glow of tobacco embers in a cigarette, to the silhouette of a woman's more
Globe and Mail ( 8/22/2013 8:05:00 PM -08:00 )

'The Grandmaster' connects with solid action, acting
With some of the best martial arts fighting in years, "Grandmaster" connects as a biography of Bruce Lee's trainer, Ip Man. Review: 'The Grandmaster'. Tony Leung stars as Ip Man, the martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee, in 'The Grandmaster.' (Photo: more
USA TODAY ( 8/22/2013 3:13:37 PM -08:00 )

Review: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' has great martial arts style
"The Grandmaster" is like a meal of all desserts, with maybe the tiniest bit of protein thrown in. You'll feel decadent enjoying it, but everything is so tasty, it would be foolish to object. An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, "The more
Los Angeles Times ( 8/22/2013 2:52:43 PM -08:00 )

'The Grandmaster,' movie review
Where everyone else sees the kinetic energy in kung fu, the filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai sees romance. But there is also a balletic precision, at least in “The Grandmaster,” an exquisite-looking, fitfully moving drama from the director of “In the Mood for Love.”. more
New York Daily News ( 8/22/2013 7:40:50 AM -08:00 )

Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster': An exile story told through Kung Fu
BEVERLY HILLS, California - It was a black-and-white home movie of an old man, diminutive and cancer-stricken, performing Chinese martial arts techniques in a Hong Kong apartment that spurred director Wong Kar Wai to make his latest film, the Kung Fu more
GMA News ( 8/21/2013 8:00:16 AM -08:00 )

Zhang Ziyi Discusses 'The Grandmaster' (Chinese Video)
Zhang Ziyi Discusses Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi stopped by the WSJ last week to discuss her new film, “The Grandmaster,” directed by Wong Kar-wai and co-starring Tony Leung. In “The Grandmaster,” Zhang plays Gong Er, a woman who battles two men who threaten her more
Wall Street Journal (blog) ( 8/21/2013 4:30:28 AM -08:00 )

Samuel L. Jackson gives name to 'Grandmaster'
Samuel L. Jackson came to "The Grandmaster" and loved it so much his name is now on the title along with Martin Scorsese. Ziyi Zhang, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Leung, Wong Kar Wai (Director. The New York Premiere of "The Grandmaster" inspired by the more
USA TODAY ( 8/20/2013 3:55:47 AM -08:00 )

Tony Leung, in the Mood for Kung Fu
Tony Leung, in the Mood for Kung FuLike many boys growing up in Hong Kong, Tony Leung Chiu-wai was a fan of Bruce Lee from a young age. But it wasn't until he played the kung fu master's teacher that he understood the man — or kung fu, for that matter. more
Wall Street Journal (blog) ( 8/19/2013 8:25:20 PM -08:00 )

Movie Review: Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster
Wong Kar-wai's kung-fu movie begins with an elaborate, very impressive fight between Ip Man (Tony Leung) and a small army of unnamed opponents, who come at him with the same relentlessness as the rain that thunders down on them. The kicking and the more
Vulture ( 8/23/2013 6:09:05 AM -08:00 )

'The Grandmaster' review: Tony Leung has magnetic screen presence in martial
If you're not deep into martial arts cinema, you might have walked by the various movies titled "Ip Man" on the DVD shelves and mistaken them for Chinese or Japanese sci-fi or fantasy. But the legendary Ip Man (also spelled Yip Man) is no invention of more
Zap2it.com (blog) ( 8/23/2013 4:10:49 AM -08:00 )

Grandmaster, Your Kungfu is Weak
As a fan of epic martial arts films, I was thoroughly disappointed by The Grandmaster. The beautiful cinematography and well-choreographed action sequences could not save the film from what can only be described as poor storytelling. This film is not more
Patheos (blog) ( 8/23/2013 3:51:23 AM -08:00 )

The Grandmaster: It's Good, Not Grand
Putting the "art" back into martial arts cinema, Wong Kar Wai's eagerly awaited The Grandmaster is yet another sumptuously photographed tale of romantic longing from one of the current grandmasters of love-found-and-lost stories. This time, though, the more
Television Without Pity ( 8/23/2013 2:05:56 AM -08:00 )

Tony Leung Interview For Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster'
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, 'The Grandmaster' 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, more
Flicks and bits ( 8/23/2013 12:04:38 AM -08:00 )

The Grandmaster
Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," released last December in Hong Kong and Mainland China, is one of very few contemporary films worthy of the term "epic." It matched Wong Kar-Wai with Shaw Brothers. And its grand ambitions -- to create an "ultimate" more
EDGEOnTheNet ( 8/22/2013 8:12:23 PM -08:00 )

Chinese helmer fights back
In Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese, with English subtitles. Rated PG-13 (violence). At the Angelika, Mercer and Houston streets. *. Hong Kong master director Wong Kar-wai is back in form with “The Grandmaster,” his first entry since the disastrous “My more
New York Post ( 8/22/2013 6:56:48 PM -08:00 )