Excerpt: Il nuovo capolavoro di Wong Kar Wai non si limita però a mettere in scena la lotta fratricida tra le diverse scuole nella Hong Kong del dopoguerra, ma fa un deciso passo indietro, raccontando l’origine della diaspora cinese e l’età dell’oro del kung fu, negli anni ’30, prima dell’invasione giapponese.
Excerpt: Preciosista biopic cinematográfico del legendario Ip Man a cargo de un Wong Kar-wai impecable en lo visual y tendente a la confusión en lo narrativo. Dos embriagadoras horas de artes marciales físicas, filosóficas y emocionales.
Excerpt: Wong travels far afield from the typical biopic structure, creating a balletic martial arts film (choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping of “The Matrix) split into two by both history and the women in Ip Man’s life.
Excerpt: Undoubtedly, The Grandmaster might prove a frustrating experience for viewers expecting a traditionally structured story that delivers niceties of character development and careful explication: indeed, Wong’s original concept was just such a movie. But the finished film is a different, far more adventurous success, a bold, extraordinarily executed fusion of approaches that adds up to a genuinely great cinema experience.
Excerpt: Tony Leung might be nominally be the star, but it’s Zhang Ziyi who is lovingly photographed here. In extreme close-ups, the stories are told between Leung’s eyes which seem to only know sadness, and Zhang’s beautifully curved lips.
Excerpt: There are gorgeous showdowns in both rain and snow, as well as several match-ups in a gilded brothel. Amidst all this are Wong Kar Wai’s usual ruminations on memory and fate and the failure of individuals to connect.