Wong Kar-Wai was going to make The Ferryman as the follow-up to his movie The Grandmaster, but things changed, and now he’ll direct something else. While Wong remains attached to The Ferryman as a producer, he’ll put his real energy behind a film called Blossoms. Just as The Ferryman will be an adaptation of a short story, Blossoms is an adaptation of short stories by Jin Yucheng, set in Shanghai. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by Russ Fischer
There is now a fourth version of Wong Kar Wai‘s most recent film, The Grandmaster. Originally released in 2013 in a 130-minute Chinese version, then a 122-minute “international” version, and finally in a streamlined and substantially-different 108-minute US version, the film has been converted to 3D for re-release in China. This new 3D cut is based mostly on the US version — so it loses entirely some characters from the longer cuts — but also features some new footage. See what you can spot in the Grandmaster 3D trailer (actually, trailers) below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Multiple cuts of Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, already exist. Primarily, there’s the long Chinese cut and the shorter US version, the latter of which excises some characters completely and focuses the story in a slightly different manner. Now there’ll be a new version. Wong is prepping a 3D version of The Grandmaster for Chinese release. The 3D conversion isn’t the only different in this one, however, as it is also reported to have previously unseen footage. Read More »
It was only last week that we heard Wong Kar-wai is now beginning work on his follow-up to The Grandmaster. Now we have more details on the project. The film is said to be a romance, and as it turns out, it will be based on a Zhang Jiajia short story called Ferryman. The story is one of a set originally published by Zhang on the tremendously popular service Chinese blogging Weibo, and later collected in the book I Belonged to You. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
We waited so long for Wong Kar-Wai‘s The Grandmaster that it’s easy to stick in the mode of thinking he’s still working on The Grandmaster. But that film has been done and out for a year and a half. We’re all free to look forward to whatever the next project from the director may be. We don’t know much about Wong’s next film, but at this point there’s a report that he is, indeed, working on something new. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’ll be a while yet before we find out which English-language films are up for the Oscars, but the Best Foreign Language Film category has already been narrowed down to nine contenders.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Scientists has just revealed its shortlist of nine foreign films which will be competing for five slots when the nominations are announced on January 16. Among the semifinalists are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, the Mads Mikkelsen-starring The Hunt, and Belgium’s bluegrass romance The Broken Circle Breakdown (pictured above). Read the rest after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Devindra Hardawar
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.
Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
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.
Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
We’ve seen a lot of footage for Wong Kar-Wai‘s new film, The Grandmaster, but this is the first trailer specifically aimed at a US release. Accordingly, this one features subtitles. It also sports a completely ridiculous voice-over track that explains a rudimentary martial arts morality that may or may not represent what is really in the film. (I’d expect “not,” as there’s nothing in that voiceover script that even suggests what we expect from Wong Kar-Wai.)
Still, the rainy footage that makes up most of this teaser is so pretty that it is worth another look, even if you’ve seen it a couple times before. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »