The Grandmaster

BBFC RatingThe Grandmaster

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GenreAction, Drama, Romance
DirectorWong Kar Wai
WritersWong Kar Wai, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu
LanguageMandarin, Cantonese
CountryHong Kong, China
Running Time1HR 48MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonThe World of Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor.

Spanning several decades, it follows the story of intense rivalry and yearning that develops between the titular founder of the Wing Chun branch of kung fu, and the head of a competing school.

Combing the lyrical style for which he made his name with stunning martial arts sequences, The Grandmaster is both a thrilling action film and a sumptuous visual experience.

"Wong Kar wai’s latest martial arts blockbuster is at heart a story of forbidden love...thrilling." - Mark Kermode

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