Posted: September 13, 2013 at 1:47 a.m.
While Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster is closer in tone to an art movie, an exercise in pure cinema, than it is a chopsocky extravaganza, it might be a more commercial film than Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the wuxia fantasy from 2000 that remains the highest grossing foreign language film in U.S. history. For as ostentatiously beautiful as The Grandmaster is, it seems likely to appeal to audiences who care little for kung fu and who may never have heard of the iconic figure upon whose life it is very loosely based. It feels to me like a great epic romance, something like Doctor Zhivago (a film it eerily evokes in a couple of scenes). It feels like a blockbuster.
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MovieStyle, Pages 29 on 09/13/2013