Dir. Wong Kar-wai. 2013, 108 mins. 35mm. With Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang. Winner of six Golden Horse awards and Hong Kong’s submission to the Academy Awards, The Grandmaster marks Wong’s astonishing return to genre filmmaking and his seventh collaboration with leading man Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. A wuxia epic and biopic, the film follows the storied life of Ip Man—Bruce Lee’s mentor— through moments of major historical upheaval in China, from the end of the Sino-Japanese War to the Imperial British rule over Hong Kong, in sublime elliptical action-vignettes. Reinvigorating wuxia with his inimitable aesthetic grandeur, The Grandmaster brilliantly synthesizes elemental principles of kung fu with tenets of historical national discourse, all suffused with breathtakingly sensual imagery.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.