Set in the 1930s, and chronicling the martial arts grandmaster of Wing Chun, Ip Man (Ton7 Leung Chiu-Wai), starting with him in Foshan, and his later years in Hong Kong.
A martial arts master, Gong Yutian, declaring his retirement, seeks to champions to represent the North and South. Ip Man is selected to challange Gong Yutian, and declared winner in a battle of ideas and philosophy.
Enter Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), daughter to Gong Yutian, looking to regain her family’s honour by challenging Ip Man.
The two keep contact for the ensuing years, leading to a love between the two that neither acts upon.
The Grandmaster is stylistic, with breath-taking fights set to a story of honour, and romance. A superb look at the arts of fighting and love. A must see for any martial artist or romantic at heart. See the story of the one who taught screen legend Bruce Lee.
The Grandmaster opens 21 February 2014 in South African cinema. It is in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, with English subtitles.