"THE GRANDMASTER" (2013) (Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang) (PG-13)
Drama/Action: A Chinese martial arts master must contend with various challenges and changes in both his life and country.
It's the 1930s and China might be a unified nation, but those who practice martial arts are divided between the north and south. The north's master is Gong Yutian (WANG QINXIANG), an older but still proficient man who's about to retire. Since his only offspring is his daughter, Gong Er (ZIYI ZHANG), he's about to name his protégé, Ma San (ZHANG JIN), as his successor, all while making sure Gong Er is protected by bodyguard Jiang (SHANG TIELONG) despite Gong Er being more than able to defend herself.
In the south, the leading martial arts figure is Ip Man (TONY LEUNG), a soft-spoken family man born to wealth in Foshan and married to Zhang Yongcheng (SONG HYE-KYO) with whom he has several children. When not easily fending off any takers to his crown, he leads a peaceful life. But with the Japanese having invaded their country, Gong Yutian is looking to unite the divided martial arts camps, and travels to Foshan's Golden Pavilion, a brothel that also serves as a meeting place and battleground for martial artists. He chooses Ip Man as his final opponent, with Gong Er not being happy with the outcome.
But the Japanese occupation eventually leads to Ip Man not only losing his family's wealth, but also his two daughters to starvation. Desperate, he moves to Hong Kong where he tries to make a living teaching his form of martial arts, all while Ma Shan has been installed by the Japanese as a puppet figurehead. When he ends up killing his former master, Gong Er vows to get revenge, all while running into Ip Man again.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into films about martial arts and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language.
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