The Grandmaster (film)

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The Grandmaster (simplified Chinese: 一代宗师; traditional Chinese: 一代宗師) is a 2013 martial arts drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man.[2][4] The film was directed and written by Wong Kar-wai. It was released on 8 January 2013, in China. It was the opening film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.[5] The film was selected as part of the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival.[6] The Weinstein Company acquired the international distribution rights for the film.[7] The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[8] making the January shortlist, but ultimately did not receive the nomination.[9] Despite this, the film was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.[10][11]

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The Grandmaster
Promotional poster
Traditional Chinese一代宗師
Simplified Chinese一代宗师
Literal meaningAncestral teacher of a generation
Hanyu PinyinYīdài Zōngshī
JyutpingJat1 Doi6 Zung1 Si1
Directed byWong Kar-wai
Screenplay byWong Kar-wai
Zou Jingzhi
Xu Haofeng
Story byWong Kar-wai
Based onLife of Ip Man
Produced byNg See-yuen
Megan Ellison
Wong Kar-wai
StarringTony Leung
Zhang Ziyi
Chang Chen
Zhao Benshan
Song Hye-kyo
Wang Qingxiang
CinematographyPhilippe Le Sourd
Edited byWilliam Chang
Music byShigeru Umebayashi
Stefano Lentini
Nathaniel Méchaly
Distributed byLark Films Distribution (Hong Kong)[1]
China Film Group Corporation (China)[1]
Release dates
  • 8 January 2013 (2013-01-08) (China)
  • 10 January 2013 (2013-01-10) (Hong Kong)
Running time
130 minutes
CountriesHong Kong[2]
Budget¥240 million (US$38.6 million)[3]
Box officeUS$64.1 million[1]

Although The Grandmaster was not as popular as others of Wong Kar-Wai's works in the western world, this film was highly-praised and applauded in the Chinese-speaking world for its profound philosophical depth, historical perspective, and break-though of the Kung-Fu film genre, further cementing Wong's "Grandmaster" Status is the Chinese cinema. The film received a record-breaking 12 awards in the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, most wins for a single film in history.[12] Zhang Ziyi also received an unprecedented 12 different Best Actress awards for her performance in this film. [13]