Spectacular Full Trailer for Wong Kar Wai's THE GRANDMASTERS

James Marsh, Asian Editor
It may have taken close to five years to make it to the screen, but Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters has finally finished shooting and appears to be committed to its 18 December release date. The film stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai as legendary wing chun practitioner Ip Man, with fight choreography from the legendary Yuen Wo Ping, and a supporting cast that boasts Zhang Zi Yi, Chang Chen, Cung Le, Bruce Leung Siu Lung and Wang Qingxiang.

Yes, we've already seen this story told a number of times in recent years, most successfully by Donnie Yen and Wilson Yip, but when Wong Kar Wai brings something to the big screen, you know that it's going to be worth waiting for. Five years might have been pushing it, even by his standards, but if the final film turns out to be anything like as good as this first proper trailer suggests, then The Grandmasters will most definitely have been worth it. Check it out.
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  • Jorge

    I don't understand it. I'm a WKW fan, but I think his last films were very similar. What's wrong with doing a martial arts biopic, for a change? He already made one, and it was terrific. This is going to be better than Donnie Yen's movie.

  • Crimson Lasher

    Has little to distinguish it from a hundred other movies. Frankly, I'm bored with stuff like this.

    Too much optical slomo, too.

    Tony Leung, however, is a great actor, so it's probably worth seeing for him.

    Wong Kar Wai is a terribly overrated director who has made some very good movies -- FALLEN ANGELS, CHUNGKING EXPRESS, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, and ASHES OF TIME (original cut) -- and some horrible messes. His involvement with this film doesn't excite me.

    Wong movies always look slick and rich, but many are dramatically inert.

  • adhip

    The fight choreography isnt impressive, too much slo-mo and close up. I dont' see why I should see this movie. Well, at least being an "art-film" can be used if it flops....

  • adhip

    I mean " being an "art-film" can be used as an excuse if it flops...."

  • Stephen

    I'm not so convinced that this is WKW selling out, after all it's just a trailer, and this may be pretty much all the action there is. But damn... WKW can make anything look artistic

  • Velvet Hammer

    Now I know why it took so long....they shot the entire movie in slo-motion. Nothing particularly exciting here..I give it 3 "mehs"

  • funnyguy

    I don't know why such a director would do an over the top exaggerated type of action film? I mean doesn't he prefer to do more arthouse type or films or moody ones? It's ridiculous the amount of ppl cashing in on the ip man franchise. Just because donnie yen popularised the film, shouldn't anyone feel embarrassed making stuff like this?

  • wkw actually had the idea and movie rights way before donnie and co... thats why donnies film is called ip man instead of yip man hrhr... wkw just needs so much time xD and btw he already made an over the top wuxia movie with Ashes Of Time (still artsy/moody tho)...

  • ThePeanutBaron
  • Wont work for me... in Canada

  • h.b. Russ

    Worked for me...in Canada.

  • Guest

    Removed! FML.

  • marshy00

    Should play fine now

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