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The Go Master Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2006
The film is structured as a series of tableaux with little connective tissue.
October 14, 2006
More an example of fifth-gen pageantry than anything by Zhang or Chen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 28, 2008
This soporific stupor and final pinch of defeat is the experience that most fully equates with watching this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2017
... an elegant biopic with sufficient psychological complexity to draw audiences deeply into the characters' lives.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2007
Impressively shot in 'Scope, it's a considerable achievement, possessed of a tranquil beauty and sagacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2007
Under Tian Zhuangzhuang, one of China's leading directors, The Go Master unfolds as meditatively as a game of go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2006
A deeply thoughtful biopic of a legendary gaming master.
July 4, 2007
One of the few pictures deserving of the description "visual poem."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 27, 2008
Chang captures Wu's dedication and respect for a game whose intricacies reflect the vicissitudes of his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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