Watch The Grandmaster putlocker
Watch The Grandmaster Full Movie Online Putlocker : Refresh and/or Report if embed not workng. Scroll down for report button and links
Write a comment:
Watch The Grandmaster - Alternative Versions.
Surely, this is a compromised film. Years in the making, and has one
foot in the blockbuster league which means it has to address a wide
audience, satisfy investors and make a healthy recoupin the Chinese
market, it did. What both these mean is that Kar Wai had to set up
artificial limits to his vision, then swim to real ones, limits he
cares to meet as an artist, then see how swiftly he can move back and
But let's not mince words here. Kar Wai is a cinematic master. And I'm
sure I will remember this as one of the most interesting, most
wonderful, most visual films of the year come December.
Right off the bat, you should know that if you want the clean, rousing
version of Ip Man you should go to the Donnie Yen films. It's a legend
anyhow, most martial arts stories are (especially the Chinese),
embellished in the telling. So if you want 'truth', you're looking in
the wrong place to begin with. About Ip Man, you should know that the
fighting style he is supposed to have originated called wing chun, at
least as taught now, takes some old Taoist notions about softness and
intuited flow and creates a uselessly complicated and scholastic system
But the notions are powerful, and this is likely what attracted Kar Wai
to a film about him.
So the artificial limits here are the kung fu movie, a type of
narrative deeply embedded in the national character. So we get familiar
history as the backdrop, Civil War, Japanese invasion and so forth. The
film will be familiarly lush and operatic for the Chinese. It also
means we get fights, we dosome marvelous ones. It means we get the
heroic portraitthe good vs evil sifus, tied to contrasted history,
tied to the passing of tradition. The kungfu plot revolves around
preserving the secret 64 moves and avenging the old master's death,
usual tropes in this type of film.
But he sets all this up in order to break it, that's what Ip Man's talk
about breaking the cake represents in his standoff with the old master
of the northern school, contrasted to his belief that it should be
wholemetaphorically referring to a strong, unified China, the same
obsession with fabricated harmony that powers both the political and
martial arts narratives over there.
This is what Kar Wai does, he breaks the harmonies.
Not so much in the fights: Kar Wai plays with them like a master
painter fools with paint in commissioned work. He plays with speeds,
textures and choreographed impacts but does not radically push the
language like he did in Ashes. Ashes really was a radical break in
temporal experience, wonderful stuff with many layers. Here, we
experience fights cleanly, in a way that will satisfy the broad
He breaks the heroic narrative: in his worldview, time does not
linearly build to the 'big fight', it happens with one third of the
film to go and Ip Man is not in it, what should have been a dramatic
death happens offscreen, history is glimpsed off the streets, we get
flashbacks and forwards, abstraction and long visual poetry. And the 64
moves are never passed on. All that fooling with structure is a way of
loosening limits of genre and tradition, inherited limits to vision.
But what is really worth it here, is watch him swim to meet his own
limitsmultilayered reflection on memory as living space for the eye.
In martial arts terms, that means soft, yielding to inner pull, to the
hardness of fights, politics and quasi-mythical narrative. It means
every hard narrative thrust in the name of tradition, country or
lineage, becomes an anchor he uses to submerge me in visual exploration
of feelings. In visitation of spaces of desire, flows. Sure, it is not
as successful as previous projects, because the fancy fights and exotic
settings get in the way, jarring me from a tangible experience. But
it's still pretty much the same wonderful swimming, each thrust of the
hand creating turbulent patterns in water.
For instance, the daughter waiting in the train station to avenge the
old master is the anchor. But between that first shot and the decisive
encounter, we get a wonderful current of images; cooking smoke at
night, snow, refracted light through windows, children running. These
are not of the story, but snow flakes of remembrance the air drags in.
The cut from statues of Buddha to grainy footage of bustling Hong Kong
is one of the most thunderous edits I've seen. And the entire last
third of the film is purely a Kar Wai film; all about unrequited
yearnings, ashes of youth in a gilded box.
So spliced inside the kung fu comic-book is a sort of Mood for Love
where again we had the contrast to 'hard' fabrication in the writer of
kung fu stories.
It is muddled, because you can't have crispness when the whole point is
a fluid recall. Tarkovsky is 'muddled'. But it's so lovely overall.
The coveted moves as the excuse for the man and woman to meet
attempting touch, the Taoist pushing and yielding of hands to be close.
They are empty hand forms, in that there is nothing to be grasped
beyond the shared flow. It is all about cultivating sensitivity,
listening, placement in space.
Tags for The Grandmaster Full Movie
, Elvis Tsui
, Qingxiang Wang
, Tony Chiu Wai Leung
You Might Like...