In the midst of a rainstorm, a group of thugs attack a lone man. With grace and precision, Ip Man (Leung) single-handedly dispatches his aggressors, setting the scene for one of the most spectacular martial arts films of recent years.
In 1930s mainland China, the league of martial arts disciplines must choose a new Grandmaster. They meet in the south, where Ip Man is bestowed with the title, much to the chagrin of the outgoing Master’s protégé, Ma San. During the ceremonial gathering, Ip Man encounters the beautiful and accomplished Gong Er (Zhang), the Master’s daughter, whose gender precludes her from succeeding her father.
With the Japanese occupation of the mainland gathering pace, Ip Man relocates to Hong Kong. There he is reunited with Gong, though their respective codes of honour keep them estranged.
Lavishly produced wuxia set pieces by legendary action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping are infused with the mesmerising slow-motion camerawork and lush romanticism that characterise Wong Kar-wai’s directorial style. An unmissable film for fans of the genre from one of contemporary cinema’s most distinctive auteurs.
ACMI & HKETO present
Seasons & Screenings
18 Sep - 19 Sep
Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) and Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) star in Wong Kar-wai’s dazzling return to the wuxia (martial arts) genre.
A visually extravagant tale of honour and revenge, The Grandmaster is based on the legendary Ip Man who brought the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu to Hong Kong and went on to train its most iconic exponent, Bruce Lee.