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.
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At last year’s Cannes My Blueberry Nights, the first English film from 2046‘s Kar Wai Wong, drew a memorably tepid critical response, with songstress Norah Jones‘s performance taking lots of the heat and sleet. Based on what I’ve heard from friends who have seen it, it has the potential to become the new Across the Universe, dazzling females with its kinetic, trippy color palette and a “go with it” romantic sensibility that inspires repeat viewings and cherished teary exits. I don’t mean to come off sexist, obviously many a male is fond of Wong’s work, but I like to see girls all secret-chatty when some sweet and sour cinema strikes a chord beyond logic. The trailer sort of runs over with semi-cliche longing and gloom, but seen through the film’s magic sunglasses I find myself still anticipating it, finally, almost a year later. And that Natalie Portman…I mean, what an accent.
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My Blueberry Nights will be released in North America on February 22nd.