Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Pays Tribute to Bruce Lee's Teacher Ip Man

December 3, 2014 12:44 AM

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Nothing beats Wong Kar-Wai's stylized cinematic flair, and he punches his characteristic nostalgic imprint on the world of martial arts in his latest theatrical release, The Grandmaster. Opening with a gorgeous choreographed fight scene between two schools of martial arts from the north and south of China, romanticized with a light drizzle and aerial shots of fists flying and roundhouse kicks, the tone is set for an action film infused with the beauty of Kung Fu by slowing down the frames.

Centered on the story of Ip Man, the legendary martial arts master from southern China, the plot takes us back to the 1930s before the Japanese invasion of China. Vintage China is a specialty of Wong's where women wear their demure qipaos and opium smoke wafts upward in the air. Zhang Ziyi and Tony ...

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