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The Grandmaster

Yi dai zong shi
dir. Wong Kar-wai
Honk Kong, China 2013, 123’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2013 – Nagroda Film of Merit; kandydat Hongkongu do 86. Nagród Amerykańskiej Akademii Filmowej
Credits
Honk Kong, China 2013
Duration: 123’
director: Wong Kar-wai
screenplay: Wong Kar-wai, Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng
cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd
editing: William Chang
music: Nathaniel Méchaly, Shigeru Umebayashi
cast: Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Song Hye-kyo, Cung Le
language: Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Chaos sweeps through China. The country is torn by anxiety, the sense of the approaching danger is floating in the air. It seems that the collapse of the existing world is just one or two steps ahead. It is 1936, the Japanese invasion will soon turn the worst fears of the society into a terrifying reality.
On the eve of those events the picturesque town of Forhan becomes a place of unexpected meeting of two kung-fu masters. He comes from the South, she is from the North. Their encounter will be a clash of opposites, different traditions and philosophies. They can only be reconciled by one thing - a great affection.

Wong Kar-wai tells their story in the convention of a martial arts film, going back to the atmosphere of "Ashes of Time" (1994), and to the scale of the dazzling visual feast, in which the spectacular shots go hand in hand with a melancholic, bitter plot.

Urszula Lipińska

Wong Kar-wai

Born in 1956, Shanghai, China. Director associated with the Hong Kong Second Wave. During his over 25 year long career, he and his frequent collaborator, cinematographer Christopher Doyle,  created a unique visual style. "Happy Together" brought him the title of the Best Director at Cannes IFF. He was the first Chinese artist to receive the award.

Filmography:

1995 Upadłe anioły / Duo luo tian shi / Fallen Angels
1997 Happy Together / Chun gwong cha sit
2000 Spragnieni miłości / Fa yeung nin wa / In the Mood for Love
2004 2046
2013 Wielki mistrz / Yi dai zong shi / The Grandmaster

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