When I first heard that Wong Kar-Wai was going to do a film about Bruce Lee's teacher, I immediately thought that his movie would be like "Wyatt Earp" to "Tombstone"... that his The Grandmaster would be like "Wyatt Earp" to Wilson Yip's "Ip Man".
Wong takes his film into an artsy approach that had become his signature. Having magnificent cinematography and rhythmic action sequences, "The Grandmaster" is a success for what he meant it to be. May become one of the better releases from China in 2013.
I suppose being Bruce Lee's former teacher and someone who had made the martial art Wing Chun known around the world, the curiosity around his life became so strong that directors Wilson Yip and Herman Yau had their turn in bringing his life to the big screen. Wilson Yip's "Ip Man" was a film with a lot of fiction around it, which focused entirely on action sequences with Donnie Yen in the title role. Herman Yau's "The Legend is Born: Ip Man" was something similar … more