Wong Kar Wai's THE GRANDMASTERS Delayed Again, Placates Us With Posters

James Marsh, Asian Editor

When you've been waiting five years, what's another few weeks between friends? The frustrating yet wholly unsurprising news has broken that Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmasters has been pushed back yet again, from its 18 December release date to 8 January 2013 in both Hong Kong and China. While Sil-Metropole and Bona Film Group have issued no official statement as to why the film has been delayed, the rumours floating around the Internet have suggested that Wong has left the editing suite and is shooting new footage. In an effort to keep desperate fans from breaking down their doors and wrestling the film from them immediately, the film's distributors have issued four new character posters, which you can see below.

The Grandmasters is the story of legendary wing chun master Yip Man, played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai, and features martial arts choreography from the legendary Yuen Wo Ping. The Cast also includes Zhang Zi Yi, Chang Chen and Cung Le. 

Around the Internet:
  • TheAngryInternet

    It's almost definitely still shooting. Rumors of a delay popped up last week after one of the supporting actors complained on his blog about spending five hours to shoot a few close-ups. He didn't specify which movie he was working on, but he didn't really have to. The word now is that Tony Leung himself is doing some additional filming. Not so extraordinary considering In the Mood for Love was still shooting two weeks before the premiere.

  • Snail

    I`m gonna call it.

    This film is going to be a visually stunning yet an overall hollow flick. The inevitable comparisons it will garner to Wilson Yip`s Ip Man trilogy will no doubt be made and drag the experience of the film down that much more.

  • antho42

    Jesus! I hope he is not shooting new footage. I kind of lost faith in this film project.

  • Qinlong

    Might this new delay have more to do with the over-crowded december schedule rather than with further tinkering on the part of Wong Kar Wai ?

  • TheAngryInternet

    January 8th isn't really much better -- now it's opening just two days before Skyfall and The Hobbit.

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