Historical work and a love letter to the chinese action genre for WKW. But. Mostly uninspired soundtrack, boring drama elements, ordinary direction for the non-action part, a lot of passion but a dramatic lack of consistency if compared to his other works. Aesthetically interesting but the abscence of Doyle is something serious, unbearable if you know the past. WKW's worst...but still an enjoyable movie. Downtrended.
From the get-go, it's very centered in wuxia, but in the halfway point it morphs into this contemplative piece of characters facing time and the cultural changes that come with it, leading their craft to be, in a way, forgotten and not taken seriously. The themes are interesting, but the viewing isn't the most engaging, it's truly the most boring I've been watching a Wong Kar-wai film. Much prefer his 90s/00s stuff.
Le arti marziali come incontro di fisicità in una comunicazione fatta di sguardi e di meravigliosi movimenti. E su questo terreno nasce un'intesa intima e profonda, tanto unica quanto fuggevole. Il cinema di Kar Wai è fatto di attimi perduti, occasioni andate e scelte sbagliate. Nonostante la confusione in fase di produzione il film è stupendo.
Would really have appreciated the 4 hours director’s cut version, which the director doesn’t want to release... some fragments were underdeveloped, but I would not sacrifice a minute from the poetic visual compositions in favour of the story. So I believe the long version would have been a better narrative.
It has undeniably the Wong Kar Wai signature. The love for details, from a broken mirror to the blood and rain drops, the perfect use of slow mo, the glances... technically and visually it is a great movie. But that is it, the storytelling is vague and at the opposite of other masterpieces of Wong Kar Wai, that does not seem to hide anything below
Visually stunning, poetic (on the haiku side) most of the time, a story about unrequited love within history turmoils. Actors fragile as porcelain dolls, while strong as steel wires tensed to the max. Enjoyable to watch and re-watch, especially for people like me (no fan of kung fu movies).
At first - I thought THE GRANDMASTER would be like any other movie about martial arts. But I forgot this is Wong Kar-Wai's movie. THE GRANDMASTER is a unique movie. This movie has non-linear storyline. Quite unusual for this genre. There's a story about Ip Man. I think - it's not a direct biography about him. I really loved the fighting sequences. Watching that scene is like hearing someone reading a beautiful poem..