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Caryn James

Hate Kung Fu, Love This Film: Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Caryn James
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  • August 21, 2013 9:02 AM
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Some reviews need more context than others: the very idea of a kung fu movie, even an artistically made one, makes me want to scream with boredom, yet I was enthralled by The Grandmaster. Wong Kar Wai's film is technically about a real-life hero named Ip Man, one of China's great martial arts masters. But as you experience it, the film is poetic, operatic and historically sweeping, as lush and seductive as any of Wong's previous, more conspicuously ambitious works, including In the Mood.

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