The grandmasterDVD - 2013 | Chinese
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Kungfu - two words. Horizontal. Vertical. Make a mistake - horizontal. Stay standing and you win.
In 1936, Foshan was a prosperous city. Life was peaceful and good. Back then, men socialised in brothels. Such places were popular in the South. Foshan's finest was Republic House. Its walls were covered in gold, so we called it the Gold Pavilion. It was the first to have an elevator. Enter a prince, exit a pauper. You'd spend money like water.
I once had a temper like yours: winning was everything. But life's bigger than that. Take a longer view. Past the mountains the world opens up. Not to see the good in others, not to admit their talent, is to lack generosity. Our high standards in martial arts apply to character as well.
-Father, why did you bring me to a brothel?
If you don't see something, does it not exist? No harm in seeing.
-The 64 Hands have endless combinations. Your Wing Chun is a three-trick pony. Spade, Pin, Sheath. How can it compete?
Three's enough to take care of you. … Yong, your fireworks have fizzled.
-What of it? I'm an old man. Youth trumps skill.
-Do you remember what I taught you?
-Never put yourself first, show respect. There's always someone better. To yield is not to lose.
-Let's go over my supreme move. The Old Monkey Hangs up his Badge. Have you practiced it?
-You know the key to it?
I was never told.
-It's looking back in reflection. It's not the upward move, but the turning back. Understand what I'm saying? A warrior molds himself to the times.
-You've got two hands and two feet. How you gonna beat us all?
You're mistaken. I have two hands but Wing Chun has eight kicks.
-In Hong Kong no one knows Wing Chun. Any special moves?
Not really. Three basic hands - Spade, Pin, Sheath.
-How many forms?
The Concept, The Bridge, and Darting Fingers.
Double Knives and the Six-and-a-half Point Pole.
That's it. Bone-setting, internal energy - I don't do any of that. Drifters, lion dancers - I don't teach those types.
People - they change with the times. Wear shoes that suit the crossing, and underpants that fit your ass. In Hong Kong, I can only afford these cigarettes. Back home, I smoked real Manchurian tobacco. Now that was smoking. Be mild, good, respectful, thrifty, deferential. Deferential is the key. Let's say I'm smoking. A stranger sits down. I defer to him: Have a smoke. Even if he doesn't smoke, he must accept or he'll make me lose face.
-The Gong Family legacy I return to you.
-Let's be clear. You didn't return it. I took it back myself.
my time is running out. To say there are no regrets in life, is just to fool yourself. How boring it would be without regrets.
In life, ability isn't everything. Some thrive in light, others in shadow. The times make us what we are.
My father said mastery had three stages - being, knowing, doing. I know myself. I've seen the world. Sadly, I can't pass on what I know. This is a road I won't see to the end. I hope you will.
We have a saying in the North - a tiger never quits the mountain. We've both been living on foreign soil. I'm so very tired. I want to go home. But I wanted to return this to you first (a button.) As for the 64 Hands, I've already forgotten them. I was lucky to meet you in my prime. Sadly, my time is running out. To say there are no regrets in life, is just to fool yourself. How boring it would be without regrets.
In life, as in chess, a move once made stays on the board. What we have is simply fate. Your father once said, never give up the faith. Keep the light burning.
These are the ashes from when she cut and burnt her hair. She said she knew you a long time, but you didn't really know her, nor she you. Seeing these ashes, you'll understand her better. Mr. Ip, the Gong Family is through. Miss Gong belongs to you now. Like her father, Gong Er never lost a fight. She only ever lost to herself.
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