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-->''"Kung-fu, that's two words. One vertical, one horizontal... At the end of the fight, only one man is left standing."''

''The Grandmaster'' is a 2012 biopic of martial arts master Ip Man directed by Creator/WongKarWai and starring TonyLeung and Creator/ZhangZiyi. The martial arts sequences were choreographed by Creator/YuenWooPing.

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!!Contains examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: The female lead is played by Creator/ZhangZiyi, which ought to tell you she is ''not'' to be messed with. She proves a match even for Ip Man.
* AnachronicOrder
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Ma San.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Gong Er coughs up blood as a delayed effect of an internal injury sustained during her fight with Ma San.
* CompositeCharacter: While the story is more or less true to Ip Man's life, the characterization, as well as Tony Leung's performance (particularly in the early scenes), was meant to be an amalgamation of Ip Man and Creator/BruceLee.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The first fight in the film is between Ip Man and a dozen [[{{Mook}} Mooks]]. Of course he wipes the floor with them.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Every character in the movie is proficient in the martial arts with the single exception of Ip Man's wife.
* FakeNationality: Ip Man's wife is played by Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Gong Er wears elegant dresses in all her fight scenes. For her duel with Ma San, she shows up in a beautiful fur-lined coat.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: The characters amply comment on the respective merits of their fighting styles.
* OldMaster: Gong Er's father.
* OldRetainer: Gong Er's manservant/bodyguard used to work for her father before serving her.
* ParrotPetPosition: The aforementioned character constantly has his pet monkey perched on his shoulder.
* {{Qipao}}: It's a period piece by Creator/WongKarWai, what do you expect?
* ReCut: The version of the movie shown in American theatres is about 15 minutes shorter, has a somewhat different structure, and features several scenes not included in the original. American critics who had seen the original cut were generally not happy with this, though the Chinese cut is available on importable Blu-Ray.
* UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar: The characters live through the brutal Japanese occupation of their hometown. Ip Man loses his two daughters to starvation during the war.
* SnowMeansDeath: The funeral procession of Gong Er's father takes place through a desolate snow-covered landscape, harmonizing with the white banners and white mourning clothes of the attendants.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Ip Man and Gong Er.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: At the end of the film, a little kid enlists in Ip Man's martial arts school, and the audience guesses he will grow up to become BruceLee.