The Grandmasters Full Trailer

The Grandmasters                                       The Grand Master Movie Poster

Release date:  08th January 2013 (China)

Running time: N/A

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Writer:  Wong Kar-Wai, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu

Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Yiyi, Song Hye-Kyo, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam, Cung Le.

Thanks to this blog with a really long name, I have found a new trailer for Wong Kar-Wai’s biopic about Ip Man, the legendary Wing Chun grand master who trained other in the martial art, most notable Bruce Lee. I featured this in a trailer post in July of last year but the film has been in production since 2009. Wong Kar-Wai is one of those filmmakers who takes as long as he needs (and sometimes longer – 2046 almost missed its premiere at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival) since he edits things to death in order to achieve perfection. Anyway… There have been quite a few Ip Man films in the meantime with Hong Kong legend Donnie Yen crafting two acclaimed titles that have been released worldwide. Can Wong Kar-Wai recapture interest? Do I need to ask? Of course he can! Check out the trailer!

Awesome. Spine-tingling. Kinetic. Cool. It’s everything I imagined a WKW martial arts film can be! The trailer displays slow-motion, striking cinematography and lighting, cool slow-motion and painfully beautiful people having cool fights. I have long been a fan of Wong Kar-Wai… since high school when I first watched and fell in love with Chungking Express and went about getting every film of his and movie posters and soundtracks to boot. When 2046 was in the cinema I was in the audience! An audience of ten (it was a matinee screening which explains the low number). I cannot wait for The Grandmasters!

9 thoughts on “The Grandmasters Full Trailer

  1. HS

    Ha! it is a stupidly long name. I must have been in quite a passive aggressive mood when I chose it.

    I’m a huge Wong Kar Wai fan too; I think Chungking Express must have been my first and is still one of my favourite films and I remember rapidly devouring everything else I could find! I really love Tony Leung too, he’s such a fantastic actor – one of the best working anywhere in the world right now.

    1. I’m not complaining about the name but I was in a rush and I was feeling a bit lazy 😉 I’ll do it properly the next time I link to you.

      Chungking Express is a classic. I love it so much. I recently re-watched it for a post then I watched it another two times. I still felt all of the old emotions and I still welled up with tears at points.

      Tony Leung is a great actor. It’s a shame so few people in the west know of him. So damn talented and handsome.

  2. The cinematography is gorgeous, but I have to say what I gather from the plot doesn’t seem to be too intriguing/original just yet. But we are talking not-subtitled and not really knowing any of the nuances of the storyline that might set it apart from every other Chinese martial arts movie that came before…

    The blog name: it’s longish, but it’s a simple blog title nonetheless. Not a tongue-twister or anything…

    1. Information on the plot is scant but even if it follows conventions it will still be great. That said I cannot see Wong Kar-Wai working with a conventional script which follows the same route as martial arts classics like Ip Man and Once Upon a Time in China et al.

  3. goregirl

    I freaking LOVED Ip Man…and Ip Man 2 which i just seen this year! LOVED! I am going to buy Ip Man so I can watch it whenever I want…that is how much I damn well loved Ip Man. The Grandmasters looks great…I will definitely be seeing this!

    1. Wow, you really did love Ip Man! It’s great to see Donnie Yen making a major impact after all of his work. He’s a great actor/martial artist (totally wasted in Blade II). I enjoyed Ip Man a lot but I think this is going to be God-tier!

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