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The Grand Master (一代宗师)

November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Film screening hosted by the Chinese Language Club

With introduction and discussion led by Nie Xi, Confucius Institute guest teacher at Nardin Academy

UB Confucius Institute
113 UB Commons, North Campus
Convenient parking available in the Bookstore/Commons lot

Free and open to the public

Written and directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee and a master of the Wing Chun school of kungfu; starring Tony Leung (梁朝伟), Ziyi Zhang (章子怡), and Chang Chen (张震).

Ip Man was born in Foshan, in the south of China, to a wealthy family. In 1936, as China is experiencing political turbulence and the threat of division, Grandmaster Gong Baosen, whose home is in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, arrives in Foshan at the invitation of the Southern masters to hold a ceremony at the Gold Pavilion to celebrate his impending retirement.

An integral part of the ceremony involves a challenge and display of martial arts skills with a younger man. Master Gong’s daughter Gong Er, who is the sole inheritor of her father’s lethal Bagua-style “64 Hands” technique, also arrives in Foshan to witness her father step down. It is here where she encounters Ip Man. Who is qualified to take up the Old Master’s challenge? Challenge leads to challenge, and masters contest masters.

Gong Er and Ip Man meet again in Hong Kong in the 1950s. Ip Man, despite having lived through difficult and terrible times after the Japanese invaded Foshan, opens a school for Wing Chun in Hong Kong and soon acquires devoted disciples and popularizes this form of kungfu.

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November 8, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Confucius Institute
113 UB Commons
Buffalo, NY 14228 United States


Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo