The Go Master Reviews

September 26, 2017
... an elegant biopic with sufficient psychological complexity to draw audiences deeply into the characters' lives.
October 18, 2008
March 28, 2008
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.
March 28, 2008
The rapturous camerawork and Chang Chen's performance as Wu both delight, but there's little insight into what makes a game about white and black pebbles so utterly absorbing.
March 28, 2008
This soporific stupor and final pinch of defeat is the experience that most fully equates with watching this film.
March 27, 2008
Chang captures Wu's dedication and respect for a game whose intricacies reflect the vicissitudes of his own life.
March 26, 2008
Featuring a game whose practitioners cultivate friendships rather than rivalries, in a time and a place where conflict was otherwise all too easy to find, The Go Master is a biopic of rare subtlety, delicacy and stillness.
July 14, 2007
As the subject for a film biography, there would seem to be a great deal of material there, but screenwriter Ah Cheng and director Tian Zhuangzhuang make a botch of it.
July 4, 2007
One of the few pictures deserving of the description "visual poem."
March 17, 2007
Impressively shot in 'Scope, it's a considerable achievement, possessed of a tranquil beauty and sagacity.
March 15, 2007
Under Tian Zhuangzhuang, one of China's leading directors, The Go Master unfolds as meditatively as a game of go.
March 14, 2007
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.
October 18, 2006
A deeply thoughtful biopic of a legendary gaming master.
October 14, 2006
More an example of fifth-gen pageantry than anything by Zhang or Chen.
October 14, 2006
The film is structured as a series of tableaux with little connective tissue.
October 14, 2006