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2013, The Weinstein Company, 108 min, China, Dir: Wong Kar Wai

The latest film from acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai is based on the life of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the kung fu expert who trained Bruce Lee. When grandmaster Gong Baosen (Wang Qinxiang) announces his retirement, Ip Man seems a likely successor – but Gong’s fiery daughter (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON’s Ziyi Zhang) doesn’t want to abandon the family business. Set during China’s Republican era (the country’s golden age of martial arts), THE GRANDMASTER is as rich with period detail and martial arts philosophy as it is with stunningly choreographed action sequences. In Chinese and Japanese with English subtitles.

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2000, Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min, China/USA, Dir: Ang Lee

Director Ang Lee virtually reinvented Chinese cinema's wuxia swordplay genre with this startlingly good, moving romantic adventure starring Michele Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat as estranged lovers searching for the stolen Green Destiny sword. Ziyi Zhang is the hotblooded younger girl who is equally adept at martial arts, bent on crossing blades with the two at every opportunity. With celebrated veteran wuxia star Cheng Pei-Pei as super-villainess Jade Fox. Exhilirating! Nominated for 10 Oscars and winner of 4, including Best Foreign-Language Film. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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