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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‘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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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 »

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 one reason Wong Kar Wai‘s new film The Grandmasters doesn’t yet have a release date outside of China: it doesn’t even have a firm release date inside China. The movie had been scheduled to open on December 18 in the director’s home country, but that has been pushed back to January 8. Producers say “the original December premiere has been postponed, but it will start screening before the Lunar New Year next year.” One reason could be a small number of reshoots, or some additional shooting, which is somewhat amusing given that Wong has been shooting the film since 2009. He’s not a fast worker.

So we’re back to speculating on the release of the film to some extent. In the meantime a few new character posters have arrived, which you can see below. Read More »

I’d like to say that an English-subtitled trailer for Wong Kar-Wai‘s long-awaited new film The Grandmasters means that we’ve got a US release date. Alas, that isn’t the case.

This subbed trailer is the same one we ran not long ago, but with the addition of a translation courtesy of Andrew Chan at Film Comment. So now, in addition to taking in the gorgeous visual side of the film, you can start to get an idea of the story and dialogue, anchored by Tony Leung‘s performance as Ip Man, the man who eventually trained Bruce Lee, and who was previously chronicled in films that bear the Ip Man name.

Check out the translated trailer below.  Read More »

Feels like we’ve bee waiting a very long time for The Grandmasters. That’s the new film from filmmaking master Wong Kar Wai, and a new telling of the Ip Man story. Over a year ago we saw the first footage from the film, but Wong’s long post-production tinkering — which rivals that of prime-era Terrence Malick — pushed the film away from a Cannes debut this year. It moved to a December opening this year in China, and a 2013 release (hopefully) in the rest of the world.

Now we’ve got the full-length Chinese trailer. Even without English language dialogue or subtitles you’ll be able to get some idea of the film from this gorgeous footage. While Wong Kar Wai has made his own strange version of a fight film in the past (Ashes of Time, which has been released in multiple versions) this appears to be a much more overtly action-tinged drama. And judging by the glorious cinematography seen in this trailer, that could be a great thing. Read More »

What a wonderful day it is for a wide variety of film lovers: we’ve had teaser footage for films as disparate as the James Bond film Skyfall, the sequel to Anchorman, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly-anticipated film The Master. And now there is new footage from Wong Kar Wai, whose short film Déjà Vu is being unveiled at Cannes.

The film is sponsored by Chivas Regal, and accordingly is essentially an ad for the company’s whiskey. But there’s a narrative here, a romance between two characters. And as anyone familiar with the director’s work knows, he does romance in a way that is unlike anyone else.

Ad or not, the footage from Déjà Vu is gorgeous, and you should take a look 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 »

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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 »