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A Look at the Grandmaster

看《一代宗师》

Written by (作者): Summer Kong 孔维阁

Photos by (图片来源): BigStock


 

It took Hong Kong director and movie aficionado Wong Karwai more than ten years to direct the Grandmaster. Although it was presented and is a kung fu film, the story goes much deeper into the very idea of what a ‘grandmaster’ is. With this question against the backdrop of a beautiful story of changing times, rivalries, love, guilt and revenge, it brought audiences to tears on its first showing.

“If life can be depicted as seasons, my first 40 years can be regarded as Spring. After this period, unfortunately, my life an era like a cold and frozen winter.” The film’s protagonist, Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man (Tony Leung) enters the film in this spring of his life, living a peaceful existence in Foshan with his wife. This changes when a Gong Yutian (Wang Qingxiang), a Northern internal martial arts master, comes to the south, saying he has retired and that Southern martial arts should have an heir like the North.

Ip Man rises to the challenge and in an exchange of philosophies, he defeats Gong without a fight in the sense of fists and kicks. His daughter, Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), chooses to seek revenge. This leads to a rivalry and love interest that lasts until the death of Gong Er, after Ip and his family fled to Hong Kong in 1952.

Flowers are hidden by leaves and snow in the winter. Gong Er kept true to her word throughout the film, intent on avenging her father. She chose not to marry, not have children, but to fight once more with Ip Man. The film itself is less about Ip Man and more about Gong Er. Ip Man, although the protagonist, merely plays a supporting role in the end. She follows Ip until the end of his life, when she tearfully confesses her love for him. Even though her life was covered in snow, her true nature showed through like a flower in the end.

In a torrent era of coercion and pain, everyone was chosen by the times. With ups and downs, winning and losing, dreams will come true eventually, even if it is at the end of our days.


 

一位真正懂得电影艺术的香港导演——王家卫十年磨一剑,叙述了一代宗师的故事,这故事虽讲武林,却足以让人潸然泪下。

——一眼看上去,这不就是个武林吗?

叶问说:“如果说人生分四季,那么他在四十岁之前的人生都是春天,四十岁之后,我的家就像春天一下到了冬天。”1937年,抗日战争爆发。1938年,佛山沦陷。抗战期间,叶问二女死于饥馑。同时也正是叶问的四十岁,开始了传艺之道,将咏春拳发扬光大。不仅仅是学艺或是传艺,人生贵在坚持,最重要的是坚持自己的那颗初心,要有一条道走到黑的不服输的精神。不忘初心,方得始终。念念不忘,必有回响。有灯就有人。叶问前半生靠祖宗留下来的财产过活,不愁吃穿。四十岁后的他,以为生活走上了绝路。俗话说车道山前必有路,而叶问的路,也依旧会走下去。

——叶底藏花几度,梦里踏雪几回。

为父报仇,宫二一生信守誓言。不婚嫁,不留后,不传艺。人们说:欲戴王冠,必承其重。因此,她坚持着一份信念,完成了自己的使命。关于叶问,告白从来就不是一个女子的事,宫二却含着眼泪向叶问说出了此番话。她这一生,多种角色,被父亲疼爱的宫家小姐,为父报仇奉了道的宫先生,行医救人的宫大夫……即使她外表再坚强,内心也会有对爱情的向往与渴望,说说人生无悔,真正的遗憾却再也无从说起了。

——生死,是非,成败,荣辱。

“时代的洪流裹挟,每一个人都只是被选择。荣枯之间,来去无端,任多少芳菲满眼,终将恍如一场梦。是为:荣枯一枕春来梦,聚散千山雨后云。”

你说:世间的所有相遇,都是久别重逢。

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