The Grandmaster

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

I cannot say that I completely understood this film. I honestly have watched my fair share of western films. The majority of these being either Chinese or Japanese productions. What I enjoyed and understood the most was the importance placed on legacy, loyalty, and respect for neighbors close and far. It can be said that a northern martial artist and a southern martial artist may have hate in their hearts when fighting, but in their calm states before and after the fight there will usually be some amount of underlying mutual respect. Aside from all that western respect jibber jabber, the action is artfully done. It omits the crouching of any tigers or hidden dragons…The fighting is more believable and seems as if these artists actually have trained for their entire lives. Ziyi Zhang brings a sharp edge to the film, consistently creating friction throughout the story. Tony Leung Chiu Wai is a boss! A little testosterone is required for a satisfactory viewing.



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