Art house and kick-ass kung-fu collide in Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster”, the director’s first martial arts movie (as far as I know) since 1994’s brilliant “Ashes of Time”. Check out three fighting clips from the movie, featuring a pair of scenes involving Zhang Ziyi, who apparently went through almost six months of intense martial arts training just for the film’s many fight scenes. It makes sense, given how long it took Wai to make the movie.
The film is about Ip Man, aka Bruce Lee’s teacher, a popular topic these days for Hong Kong filmmakers, with Donnie Yen and Anthony Wong playing the character in various stages of his life. (You can see Wong’s version here.) This time, Ip Man is played by Tony Leung.
The Grandmaster is an epic martial arts drama set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1930’s China and inspired by the life and times of the legendary IP Man (Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai), mentor to Bruce LEE. The plot encompasses themes of war, family, revenge, desire, love, and memory.
Besides Leung and Ziyi, the film also stars Cung Le, Chang Chen, and Song Hye Kyo.
The film finally kicks it up in Stateside theaters this August 23rd.