The Grandmaster

2013 PG-13 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Grandmaster

2013 PG-13 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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As the Japanese invasion looms, Chinese kung fu master Ip Man's world changes when rival master Gong Er and her father arrive in his village. As her father ceremoniously retires, Gong Er finds love with Ip Man, who's conflicted by his feelings.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Chinese Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Chinese Mandarin: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Tony Leung Chiu Wai
  • Ziyi Zhang
  • Jin Zhang
  • Hye-kyo Song
  • Chen Chang
  • Qingxiang Wang
  • Cung Le
  • Hoi-pang Lo
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Grandmaster is a martial arts biopic about Ip Man, the legendary Wing Chun master who trained Bruce Lee. Director Wong Kar Wai is one of the world's most respected filmmakers, but this is one of his less acclaimed movies. Expect plenty of martial arts fighting, and though the film's focus is primarily on artistry and beauty, there's still some bone-crunching and spraying blood. "F--k" and "ass" each appear once in the English subtitles; sexuality isn't an issue, though scenes take place at a brothel (they're not graphic). One character becomes addicted to opium, and many characters, including the hero, smoke cigarettes. The same subject was covered -- quite differently -- in 2008's less artsy but more enjoyable Ip Man.

Sexual Content

A long sequence takes place in a brothel, though nothing graphic is shown. The women are fully clothed in fancy dress, and there's no suggestion of sex, sexual innuendo, or sexual activity. The main character is married, and while separated from his wife during the war, he entertains feelings for another woman. But he never acts on them.

Violence

Several martial arts fights; though the emphasis is primarily on their beauty and artistry, there's some violence involved. Some victims suffer from broken bones; viewers can hear them crunch and see them on impact. There's also some spraying blood. One combatant uses blades in a fight, and another character spits up blood after a fight.

Language

The words "f---er" and "ass" appear once each in English subtitles.

Social Behavior

Though the movie features quite a few violent fights, it also shows how the main character uses his brain in a fight -- and sometimes doesn't fight at all. He also perseveres through some tough times and becomes a teacher.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A secondary character becomes addicted to opium. Many characters, including the hero, are shown smoking cigarettes throughout the movie.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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