Fists of Fury Explode in First Full Trailer for Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters


Tony Leung in The Grandmasters (2012) Movie Image

Granted, all those teaser trailers with Tony Leung battling an army of guys in the rain were pretty cool, but it’s great to finally get the first full length trailer for Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” (even if it is entirely in Chinese with no English subtitles). This is the director’s first foray back into martial arts filmmaking since “Ashes of Time” in the ’80s, so it’s quite the landmark film. After years of delay and reshoots, the film is finally set for a December release date overseas, and should be making the festival rounds thereafter. Keep an eye out, kids, cause this thing looks insanely good.

“The Grandmasters” is the story of the master arts master Ip Man, aka the man who trained Bruce Lee, but from everything I’ve seen, Bruce Lee probably won’t be showing up anytime soon, if at all, and this entirely about the man’s early, ass-kicking years.

Starring Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, and Song Hye Gyo.

China gets it first December 18th, so you’re probably looking at a 2013 release date Stateside.

Get more images and videos in our “The Grandmasters” preview page.

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  • Tin Hoang

    Glad to see they are sticking to the Dec 18 release date again. I heard it was getting pushed off to the next year. Hopefully he sticks to this date because I don’t want to any longer than I have to in order to see this.

    Big decision here – wait for the big screen in the States or watch it on foreign Blu-Ray at home. This looks epic that only a theater experience can do it justice.

    So much of these fight scenes remind of me his Ashes of Time.

    • Nix

      You think? I thought Ashes of Time had way too much of the “blurry fighting” that was so popular back then. You can actually see the action here.

      • Tin Hoang

        More like the essence. Slo-mo and lots and lots of water. Ashes of Time I thought was a bit different than the others at the time, which is why it wasnt well accepted back then and highly underated. The fights were more suggestive/metaphysical rather than literal fighting. It was more of an internal struggle / fight between the future lords of the North, South, West and East.

        • Nix

          True enough. Still one of my favorite martial arts films of all time and I don’t even like to think of it as a martial arts movie.

          • TRD

            I like Ashes of Time, but I don’t consider it a martial arts film. To be honest the fight scenes were just ridiculous. To me is it pretty much in the same vain as how people complain about quick edits and shakey cam where you can’t even see the action. If you take the art away from the martial, it just becomes art. And I see this film as an art film. I enjoy it as that.

            This movie looks awesome.

          • Tin Hoang

            I’d agree that Ashes of Time isn’t really a martial arts film. Its a period piece with some martial arts in it.

            But Grandmasters, at least from the trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like WKW is letting the fight scenes play out further than they did in Ashes of Time, which is what kept that movie from really being great.

            I think WKW was a little bit out of his element in Ashes and only dabbled with the action. Looks like this time around, he’s not going to “hide” the action like he did previously.

          • TRD

            I agree. This looks very promising. About time this is getting released haha.

  • mordred13

    Ashes of time is from 1994.

  • Brent McKnight

    That looks awesome.

  • justjoe

    Nice images there but Tony Leung is no Donnie Yen. Too much dramatic slow mo posing instead of all out kung fu battles. If you make a movie about a martial art grandmaster you should pick someone who knows this stuff.

    • Tin Hoang

      Think this will be more than just martial arts. That was the Ip Man movies. Pointless to make the same thing that donnie yen did in the first two Ip Man’s and the forthcoming Ip Man 3. Granted, Tony Leung is not a real martial artist, he has done his share of wire works.

  • Danmillion99

    Looks crap. Why bother? Donnie Yen version MUCH better, this looks too slick and stylish probably due to the crap wire-work/slow motion martial arts. WASTE of time, and a huge WASTE of money.

  • Arthur

    Wong Kar Wai makes astonishing works of art, “In The Mood For Love” and “2046” are incredible. I expect nothing less than excellence from Wong Kar Wai with this film as well. As a film student myself, Wong Kar Wai is one of my motivations. And the cast of “2046” was legendary: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Ziyi Zhang, Carina Lau, Gong Li, Chen Chang and a Maggie Cheung cameo.

  • Waldo

    think i won’t like this one… dislike people who don’t know how to fight, yet they’re gonna act as if they can, so we’re gonna see a lot of wire fu fest around. thought we were past those days already :S