From August 10, World Movies presents the Australian television premieres of three of the best Asian action epics. Intertwined with the some of the best action and cinematography of our time, you can expect these fresh new martial arts films to show the best and worst of humanity. These clever narratives woven with wisdom, insight and spirituality remind us that great battles are not only waged with the enemy but also within one’s self. These epics are a mix of compelling biography, historical and action packed fantasy that will surprise you.
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong, 2013)
Wednesday 10 August 8.30pm
Ip Man’s peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family’s honour. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the meantime, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San.
The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)
Wednesday 17 August 8.30pm
The film follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea, where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 31 of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of Yi’s greatest victories.
Taking Of Tiger Mountain (China, 2014)
Wednesday 24 August 8.30pm
A story focusing on a conflict between a People’s Liberation Army squad and a bandit gang in north-east China during the Chinese revolution.