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THE GRANDMASTER (Past Film)
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Completed - CANTONESE, MANDARIN - Drama, Action/Adventure

Previous markets

  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Premiere)
  • Cannes 2013 (Line up)
Full history

Year of production : 2013

Director(s) : Kar Wai WONG
Writer(s) : Kar Wai WONG
Cast : Tony, Chiu Wai LEUNG, Ziyi ZHANG, Chen CHANG, Benshan ZHAO, Shenyang XIAO, Hye Kyo SONG

Producer(s) : Kar Wai WONG (Jet Tone Films Limited), Jacky, Yee Wah PANG (Jet Tone Films Limited)

Synopsis

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.

Production

Country(ies) : HONG KONG (CHINA)

ARGENTINA IMPACTO CINE
AUSTRIA Jun 21, 2013 THIMFILM GMBH
BELGIUM Apr 17, 2013 CINEART
CHINA HUAXIA FILM DIS
FINLAND CINEMA MONDO
FRANCE BACKUP MEDIA GR
GERMANY Jun 27, 2013 WILD BUNCH GERM
GREECE SEVEN FILMS
ITALY Sep 19, 2013 BIM DISTRIBUZIO
KOREA (Sou CJ CGV CO., LTD
LEBANON TELEVIEW
ROMANIA INDEPENDENTA FI
RUSSIA CARMEN FILM GRO
RUSSIA CARMEN FILM GRO
RUSSIA CARAVELLA DDC /
SERBIA SOUL FOOD DISTR
SOUTH AFRI VIDEOVISION ENT
SWEDEN Sep 13, 2013 TRIART FILM
SWITZERLAN FILMCOOPI ZURIC
UKRAINE UMS FILM
USA PALMERA INTERNA
USA THE WEINSTEIN C
USA DISTANT HORIZON

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Festivals and Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2013 - Competition (Out of Competition)
Beijing IFF 2014 Competition


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