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The Grandmaster (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Wong Kar Wai (Producer, Director) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Chang Chen (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.4 out of 10 (5)

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"Martial arts. Two words: Horizontal and vertical. There's no right and wrong; the last man standing wins."

Over a decade in the making, Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster is finally here! Initially planned as a biography of Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man (Best known as Bruce Lee's master), The Grandmaster has since become an epic drama about three martial artists who walk three very different paths in their road to becoming grandmasters. While the filmmaker touches on familiar themes like unrequited feelings and longing between lonely people, he also tries his hand at new themes by exploring the philosophies behind martial arts and the slow decay of that world's long-standing traditions. To accurately depict the various martial arts schools occupying that world, Wong spent several years visiting martial art masters across China to study the ideological and physical differences between each school. He even recruited martial arts scholar/filmmaker Xu Haofeng (The Sword Identity) to serve as a co-writer of the script.

In addition to WKW regular Tony Leung Chiu Wai starring as Ip Man, The Grandmaster also co-stars Zhang Ziyi in a scene-stealing performance as a strong-willed Bagua Quan master, Chang Chen as a mysterious Baji master who wishes to escape his espionage life, Zhao Benshen as a retired grandmaster, Song Hye Kyo as Ip's wife Zhang Yongcheng and Xiao Shenyang as a Hong Kong hoodlum. The three main stars all underwent extensive training in their respective martial arts schools in order to execute the complex action choreography by Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Tai Chi Master). Always the perfectionist, Wong kept the production of the film going for over three years. After the long, delay-filled wait, Wong finally delivered a gorgeous epic that is also one of the most thoughtful explorations of the martial arts world ever put on film. The opening film of the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, the highly anticipated film is also the biggest commercial success of Wong Kar Wai's distinguished career.

Hailing from a rich family, Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) devoted his life to practicing Wing Chun in the city of Foshan. When Gong Baosen, Chairman of the Chinese Martial Artists Union, decides to mark his retirement with a sparring match in Foshan, Ip is thrust into the limelight as Baosen's chosen opponent. Despite objections by Baosen's daughter Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), Baosen goes ahead with the match and breaks his family's unbeaten record with a rare loss. Gong Er manages to save her family honor by winning a rematch against Ip, and the two even strike up an unspoken bond in the process. However, the Sino-Japanese War breaks out, causing Ip to lose his family fortune and Baosen's disciple Ma San (Zhang Jin) to turn to the Japanese for self-preservation. While Ip struggles to care for his family, Gong Er makes a major sacrifice in the name of revenge. Meanwhile, a mysterious man named The Razor (Chang Chen) attempts to leave behind his life as a spy and heads to Hong Kong...

Note: The edition features the original 130-minute Hong Kong theatrical cut.

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Product Title: The Grandmaster (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) 一代宗師 (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018再版) (香港版) 一代宗师 (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018再版) (香港版) 一代宗師 (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018再版) (香港版) The Grandmaster (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Chang Chen (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Wang Qing Xiang (Actor) | Song Hye Kyo (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Liu Shun (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Liu Chia Yung (Actor) | Shang Tie Long (Actor) | Berg Ng (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | Julian Cheung | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Yuen Woo Ping (Actor) 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 張震 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 羅莽 (Actor) | 王慶祥 (Actor) | 宋 慧喬 (Actor) | 張晉 (Actor) | 趙本山 (Actor) | 小 瀋陽 (Actor) | 劉洵 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 劉家勇 (Actor) | 尚鐵龍 (Actor) | 吳廷燁 (Actor) | 黎烈弓 (Actor) | 張智霖 | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 袁和平 (Actor) 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 张震 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 罗莽 (Actor) | 王庆祥 (Actor) | 宋 慧乔 (Actor) | 张晋 (Actor) | 赵本山 (Actor) | 小 渖阳 (Actor) | 刘洵 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 刘家勇 (Actor) | 尚铁龙 (Actor) | 吴廷烨 (Actor) | 黎烈弓 (Actor) | 张智霖 | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 袁和平 (Actor) 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) (Actor) | 張震(チャン・チェン) (Actor) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) (Actor) | 羅莽(ロー・モン) (Actor) | 王慶祥(ワン・チンシャン) (Actor) | ソン・ヘギョ (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | 趙本山(チャオ・ベンシャン) (Actor) | 小瀋陽 (シャオシェンヤン) (Actor) | 劉洵(ラウ・ション) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | Liu Chia Yung (Actor) | Shang Tie Long (Actor) | 呉廷燁 (ン・ティンイップ) (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | 張智霖(チョン・チーラム) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) (Actor) | 袁和平(ユエン・ウーピン) (Actor) 양조위 (Actor) | 장쯔이 (Actor) | 장첸 (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Wang Qing Xiang (Actor) | 송 혜교 (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Liu Shun (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Liu Chia Yung (Actor) | Shang Tie Long (Actor) | WU TING YE (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | Julian Cheung | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Yuen Woo Ping (Actor)
Director: Wong Kar Wai 王 家衛 王 家卫 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  왕가위
Action Director: Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平 袁和平 袁和平(ユエン・ウーピン) Yuen Woo Ping
Producer: Wong Kar Wai | Jacky Pang 王 家衛 | 彭綺華 王 家卫 | 彭绮华 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  | Jacky Pang 왕가위 | Jacky Pang
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2019-01-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Thai
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1071392998

Product Information

* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Trailer
- Posters
- Photo Gallery

It starts as the story of Ip Man.
He was born and raised in Foshan. From the time of his youth he took part in contest after contest of skill in and around the Gold Pavilion. Then, one day, Master Gong arrived from the Northeast to hold a retirement ceremony at the Gold Pavilion.

One retires, One steps forward.
But who is entitled to be called a grandmaster? Ip Man? Master Gong’s daughter, Gong Er? The self-described rascal of the Northeast? Or is it Master Gong, who took the Northern martial arts to the South?
Some are looking to recover what belongs to them. Others want to achieve enlightenment. Then there are those who are only ever able to start fires and light lamps, and those who observe the currents of a chaotic and war-torn world from the sidelines.

Kungfu, a horizontal and a vertical, falling, rising, charging forward, carrying on. An era, rising and falling, scattering, regrouping, counter-attacking, advancing.
It starts in Foshan. Its heart is in Dongbei. Its feet are on the ground in Hong Kong
This can no longer just the story of Ip Man.
It is the path of the grandmaster: Being Knowing Doing.


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Customer Review of "The Grandmaster (2013) (Blu-ray) (2018 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.4 out of 10 (5)

Paul
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August 30, 2015

This customer review refers to The Grandmaster (2013) (Blu-ray)
1 people found this review helpful

Wong Kar Wai's greatest triumph! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
As the reviews for this film seem divided, I'll offer my thoughts. Being a Wong Kar Wai fan, the first time I saw this film I wasn't sure what to think. It was not what I would typically expect from this renowned director nor what I would expect from a martial arts movie. Since then, I have grown to love this film. It is one of a kind, a film to be understood on its own merits.

Admittedly I have not seen the other movies about Ip Man, but I am content with The Grandmaster. This film shows his life in a beautifully artistic and realistic way. It is not all action, although there is plenty of that. I find the slower, character driven scenes more fascinating, which is where Wong Kar Wai shines as a director.

As for the Blu Ray quality, this would be one of my choices to play for a guest to show off my entertainment center. Visually, this may be the best Blu Ray I own. Also, the Hong Kong edition is considerably longer than the American edition so, as usual, I would recommend the Hong Kong Edition. I have learned to support the Hong Kong Blu Ray market.
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Kevin Kennedy
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August 29, 2014

This customer review refers to The Grandmaster (2013) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition)
Wong Kar Wai's Ip Man film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" is an exceptionally beautiful evocation of the martial arts world in 1930s Foshan and 1950s Hong Kong. (Note: This is a review of the US release of this film.) Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays Ip Man, the leading figure in Foshan's martial arts community. The northern grandmaster Gong Yutian (Wang Qingxiang) has come to Foshan on the eve of his retirement to challenge to a contest the leading southern martial artist. The community in Foshan selects Ip Man to meet the challenge and, in a battle of wits, Ip manages to come out on top. Gong's daughter Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), a master of the Eight Diagrams Palm style, seeks to avenge her father's defeat. The subsequent contest between Gong Er and Ip Man becomes both an exhibition of wuxia skill and a romantic dance. The unfulfilled yearnings between the two, coupled with the bullying of Ma San (Zhang Jin), Gong Yutian's chosen successor, drive the film's story.

In the DVD's 'Making of' featurette, Wong expresses the importance of the term "gong fu", meaning mastery, in the film's conception. What Wong seems to suggest is that gong fu is a two-way process: as a martial artist masters the techniques of, for example, the wing chun style, the wing chun style in turn masters the martial artist. We see this theme play out in the film, as the personalities of its central characters reflect the martial arts styles with which they are associated. This conception of gong fu as mastering the wuxia master also seems to be reflected in the film's dialogue. No one in "The Grandmaster" ever speaks naturally; the characters issue epigrammatic declamations. This strangely stylized speaking style, coupled with the film's exceedingly deliberate pace distances the viewer from the action and, for me, caused inadvertent laughs, particularly upon a second viewing. It is a testimony to the extraordinary grace with which Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi handle their roles that the film in the end packs an emotional punch.

The film's cinematography, art direction, costume design, and action choreography all create a visual feast; there's never a moment of the film that doesn't look gorgeous. However, the measured pace coupled with the pretentious dialogue makes even the 108-minute US version of "The Grandmaster" seem overlong. Imperfect as it is, "The Grandmaster" may be our most diligent and beautiful exposition of the martial arts world and is highly recommended.
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Sam
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September 7, 2013

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Disappointing Transfer Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Serious collectors should stay away from this version. Quality of the blu ray is poor. Looks like transfer from DVD source. Definitely not worth the money. I have a DVD version but decided to buy the blu ray version since I like the movie so much. That was a mistake.
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May 25, 2013

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One of Wong Kar-Wai's masterpieces Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It was finally time for the great iconoclastic Hong Kong director to turn to martial arts action in his intense and atmospheric telling of the great grandmaster teacher, Ip man, and he doesn't disappoint.

Wong Kar-wai brings the poetic beauty of his "In the Mood for Love" to martial arts action executed with a precise rhythmic heightening reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah at his best, bringing out the sensations of living through the Japanese invasion of China during WWII. The cast is magnificent, especially Tony Leung as the Ip man and Ziyi Zhang as Gong Er perfectly embodies a kungfu mistress trying to avenge her father. A masterpiece by Wong to put on a level with his finest work.

My only gripe about this Blu-ray release (which looks stunning in its clarity of picture and color highlighting particularly Wong's penchant for rain and darkness) is that the special features do not have any English subtitling -- so unless you read Chinese you won't be able to know what Wong or his crew and cast are talking about.

A worthy addition to your Blu-ray library.
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Thomas
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May 8, 2013

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A Disappointment Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
The Grandmaster has a similar flow and vibe as Ashes of Time. So lots of dialogue with a few dramatic action scenes mixed in . As a martial arts movie it's fairly average, about the same as the rest over the last 5 or 10 years. What makes this movie fail is that it features a character named Ip Man and the timeline of the story follows Ip Man's life. But that's it in regards to Ip Man. The story focuses more on Zhang Zi Yi's character. Tony Leung's character could have been given a different name and with a few small script changes, the movie would be simply another martial arts film with nothing related to Ip Man. On top of that there's really not much in this movie related to Wing Chun, which I would think is something to expect in a movie about Ip Man. When the credits rolled I was completely confused. Maybe the story was changed after Donnie Yen's Ip Man movie was released? I don't know. But I waited for this movie for years and I was really let down.

P.S. the video quality is quite poor. I don't know if it's the bluray transfer or in the original film, but almost all of the dark images are terribly grainy. Really bad. And none of the special features will play.
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