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The /Filmcast is taking a break this week, but that’s not stopping Devindra from gushing about Wong Kar Wai’s latest film, “The Grandmaster,” with Film.com‘s David Ehrlich. It’s far from perfect, but the combination of Wong Kar Wai’s visuals, great fight choreography, and Tony Leung’s oh-so soulful eyes make The Grandmaster one of the most memorable films of the year.

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The Grandmaster

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Wong Kar Wai‘s The Grandmaster, but next month our patience will finally be rewarded. To prepare us for the martial arts epic’s release, The Weinstein Co. has released a new full-length U.S. trailer.

Tony Leung leads the cast as Ip Man, who’s probably best known in the U.S. as the guy who trained Bruce Lee. In the 1930s, when The Grandmaster begins, he’s a happily married man practicing the Wing Chun kung fu form in southern China. He’s challenged to a fight by a martial arts master from the north (Wang Qingxiang), and then later by the man’s daughter (Zhang Ziyi). Watch the new promo after the jump.

The trailer starts out with the same rain-soaked scene we’ve enjoyed in other trailers, but quickly moves on to other, equally dramatic scenes.

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Megan Ellison and Harvey Weinstein have reportedly developed a slightly combative relationship, with some tension arising during the production and promotion of Killing Them Softly and Lawless, and culminating in the lackluster financial performance of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

But that hasn’t stopped Harvey from putting down money for another film that was funded by Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. The Weinstein Company has picked up US distribution rights to Wong Kar Wai‘s new film The Grandmster ahead of the film’s Berlin Film Festival premiere. Weinstein has distributed several of the director’s films in the past, so the continued partnership is not a surprise. (TWC also grabbed rights for English-speaking Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.)

New reviews are coming in from Berlin for the film, too. We’ll run down the latest estimations of Wong’s retelling of the Ip Man story, and give you the latest French trailer, after the break. Read More »

Here’s the first real trailer for Wong Kar Wai‘s martial arts biopic The Grandmasters. It’s a hell of a thing, with Tony Leung as the literal white hat hero facing down a courtyard full of adversaries as rain falls and water splashes in super slo-mo. It looks a bit like Wong Kar Wai shooting the ‘burly brawl’ from the second Matrix film. (Which itself was obviously a knockoff and amping-up of legions of other martial arts fights.)

The trailer is a bit dark, lacks subtitles, and may come off as exciting and beautiful, or murky and confusing, depending on your appetite for this sort of fight scene. Check it out below. Read More »

It’s a good day for great news. First Criterion makes an incredible deal with Hulu Plus. And now Megan Ellison, the heiress who recently came to the rescue of two Paul Thomas Anderson films (The Master and Inherent Vice) is making a deal to buy North American rights to Wong Kar Wai‘s new film, The Grandmasters. Read More »

If, like me, you got excited at the very idea of seeing footage from a new Wong Kar Wai film, then dial it down a bit. Because while, yes, this is a brief teaser for the great director’s new film The Grandmasters — his own take on the same story told in the film Ip Man — there isn’t actually any film footage here. But fans will want to check it out anyway, and we’ve also got images of Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi as they appear in the film, as a consolation prize. Read More »

Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution Movie Trailer

Lust, Caution

Check out the movie trailer for Ang Lee’s (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) new film. Adapted from Eileen Chang’s short story by Lee’s Crouching Tiger screenwriter Wang Hui-Ling, Lust, Caution follows a powerful political figure (Tony Leung) in World War II-era Shanghai who enters into a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with an young woman (Tang Wei). Looks very much like some of the war-era films from the 1950s. The film is set to hit theaters in the US on September 28th. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Update: Focus Features has asked that we remove the trailer from /Film because it “was illegally leaked from the studio”. We have removed the trailer at their request..

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