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The Grandmaster

This epic martial arts film depicts Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), a kung fu master whose skills are tested during tumultuous political times in China. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 23 Aug 2013
Video Release: 04 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This story is inspired by the life of Yip Man (Ip Man), the martial-arts master who trained actor/martial artist Bruce Lee.

How does the director’s use of cinematography contribute to the telling of the story? How are camera angles, lighting and a focus on elements like water and snow all used to emphasize the martial arts skills of the performers?

Gong Er feels a need to restore her family honor and she does so by fighting. Is there a need to restore honor? What is the cost to her personally?

While the film implies a romantic interest shared by Ip Man and Gong Er there is no indication they ever acted on their feelings other than to exchange letters? How did the war intrude on their relationship? Might things have been different if Ip Man had made the journey to the North? Does Ip Man’s wife feel betrayed, even though there appears to be no physical intimacy between Ip Man and Gong Er? Is emotional fidelity as real as physical fidelity?

Why is Gong Yatian so determined to have his family dynasty continued? Why is he disappointed that he only has a daughter? How were women viewed in that era of Chinese history?

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