• Released
  • August 23, 2013
  • (Limited, Expands 8/30)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 10 min
  • Documentary
    Drama

Don't belive the naysayers

By movie_guy01
Written September 01, 2013
This movie was not what people expected. Most naysayers say it sucked because they really don't understand what the movie is about.This is the fourth installment about Ip Man. (Bruce Lee's former Sifu) Yes it's about Kung Fu (Wing Chun in particular). Granted it's an inspired story and not totally true. There isn't a lot of action but when it's there enjoy it. The fight choreography is really good. If you want more action, you can rent or see 'Ip Man' on Netflix or demand starring Donnie Yen. That movie is also very good with more action. This is more about Ip Man the MAN, the philosophy of Wing Chun style and other styles of Northern Kung Fu. The elements of his life rapidly go through time and you will see a young pre-teen Bruce Lee. It is beautiful filmed with wonderful costumes, direction and cinematography. Oh yea the acting's good too. There is some language but no gory violence See this movie
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Slow, subtitled, bad acting, not a lot of action.

By tramdr
Written September 01, 2013
First of all, I did not expect it to be subtitled. Next, this movie has a long story, almost to the point of being a documentary more than an entertainment movie. 2 of my favorite Karate movies are the 1st two Ip Man movies. They had a story, but more action along with less story. This is the opposite. Some decent fight scenes, but more story than fights. It's a pretty movie, but I don't go to a Karate movie to see pretty. Even the fight scenes are not as good as the Ip Man movies. The bad guy fight that this builds up doesn't happen. The major fight scenes it does have are blurred, sped up, and usually have snow or rain fall to additionally blur what you see, just like in the Cover/Title pic to the left of my blog. Also, the fighter is good, but not as good and especially not Hard Hitting like Donnie Yen in the original Ip Man's is. Don't get me wrong, there are some hard hits here where guys get knocked thru walls, but Ip doesn't really look like he can hit that hard here.
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Better off watching One Direction's This is us...

By frankiey1987
Written September 01, 2013
That's how bad this is. I mean c'mon, it takes a 5-minute sequence to light a cigarette with a Tai Chi master??? Where's the fast forward button when you need it. Just watch Ip Man 1, 2, 3 in Hulu or Netflix and save yourself from a total waste of time.
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don't miss the Grandmaster! Go watch it

By Lightwinds
Written August 27, 2014
Never seen a martial art movie so beautiful like this. Guys, go watch the Grandmaster. Gonger by zhang ziyi is SOOO impressiv!
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Not Even Close

By Tynamouse
Written September 02, 2013
Sometime movie makers need to leave well enough alone. This is the case with The Grandmaster. It is a boring, slow paced movie that even makes the martial arts scenes seem tedious. For those of you who have not seen the original IP Man starring Donnie Yen (2008) do yourselves a favor and go watch it and pass on the Grandmaster. My wife and I went to see Grandmaster somewhat excited about how this version would tell the story of IP Man. Since the 2008 version was truly one of the best martial arts films ever made we had high hopes. Unfortunately all The Grandmaster turned out to be is a mess. The director shot virtually all the fight scenes so close up and in slow motion and it took away from the most exciting parts of the film. The story also gets bogged down in a lot of narration and jumping back and forth through the years. It was a complete let down and the few people in the theater seemed to feel the same way we did. Save your money and skip this film .
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