The Grandmasters has been selected as Hong Kong’s representative in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards. It was chosen over two other finalists: MMA drama Unbeatable, which is the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong in 2013 so far, as well as another drama about the life of the martial arts master, Ip Man: The Final Fight, directed by Herman Yau and starring Anthony Wong.
The Grandmasters is an epic martial arts drama about the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man. The film was released in January in Hong Kong and China and took in $2.8 million (HK$22 million) in Hong Kong, and close to $49 million (300 million yuan) in China, making it the highest-grossing film in the director’s career. It also opened in the U.S. on August 23 and has grossed $6.3 million thus far.