Will you be catching “The Grandmaster” in theaters this coming 31 Jan 2013? I attended the gala premiere of ‘The Grandmaster’ last night at MBS Grand Theater and had the good fortune to catch Tony Leung up close when he walked the red carpet. He was probably just an arm length away from me and his charm almost made me hyperventilate.
The Grandmaster tells the story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. The film is directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and starred Tony Leung as Yip Man. It will be the opening film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
My thoughts on the movie:
Well, for one, it’s not the same ‘Ip Man‘ movie that Donnie Yen acted in, so go in with an open heart and don’t expect the storyline to be the same.
The fighting scenes are aplenty. What’s impressive is that the actors did not use doubles for this movie and did all the stunts on their own. (They definitely did not look amateur).
What’s not so good is the slow motion effects (that Wong Kar-wai is famous for) is used a tad too much in the entire movie which makes it an overkill, in my opinion.
This is not just a Kung Fu film, but more of an artistic film. Each fighting scene is so artistically shot, with focus on the movements, the rain, every single detail. There are scenes of falling snow, dripping water, silent scenes rather than fighting and shouting all the time. These scenes made me stop and think.
Characters wise, I liked Donnie Yen’s portrayal of Ip Man but he’s really just very Kung Fu-ish to me. Not a man I would fall in love with after watching the movie.
When Tony portrays Ip Man, there’s this charm about him which you can’t simply put down in words. I was charmed once again by his acting in the movie, even though he’s quite old now.
Overall, it’s a good movie but I wouldn’t spend 2 hours to catch it again. This is the kind of movie you watch once and remember for a long time.
Till date, the only movie I have re-watched a few times and not get tired of is still Titanic. Oh Jack, you were so handsome then…
Okay, watch the trailer below and make yourself excited for the launch! Be sure to catch it if you’re a fan of Ip Man!