The Go Master (2006)

The Go Master



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The material and spiritual sides of one man's life are reflected in a game that allowed him to become a hero in this historical drama from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang. Wu Qingyuan (Chang Chen) was born to a wealthy family in China, and as a boy he revealed a remarkable talent for the centuries-old game known as Go. Wu's skill for the game was so great that in the 1920s he was given the opportunity to travel to Japan, where he would learn from the grand masters of Go and compete with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ah Cheng
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Impressively shot in 'Scope, it's a considerable achievement, possessed of a tranquil beauty and sagacity.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Time Out
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Under Tian Zhuangzhuang, one of China's leading directors, The Go Master unfolds as meditatively as a game of go.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
New York Post
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Tian Zhuangzhuang's biopic is a stately and respectful reflection on the life of Wu Qingyuan, one of the 20th century's top players of go, a Japanese game said to rival chess in complexity.

March 14, 2007
New York Times
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A deeply thoughtful biopic of a legendary gaming master.

October 18, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The film is structured as a series of tableaux with little connective tissue.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
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With no attempt made to even explain the basic rules of Go, this is essentially a study of forehead-kneading concentration, of how to shut out even the most tempestuous of world events.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008

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