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Director Anand Gandhi and Actor Sohum Shah’s Ship of Theseus is ready to set sail to foreign shores, and this time there’s an international star who is steering the ship. Film personalities have been getting involved with independent films as presenters for quite some time in Hollywood. The trend has seen filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese presenting films like Chungking Express, Hostel, and The Grandmaster. Kiran Rao had seen Ship of Theseus at a film festival in Mumbai, where the filmmaker, Anand Gandhi was felicitated. She was so overwhelmed by her experience of the film, she felt more people should get the opportunity to watch it, and in July 2013, the film was released to pack houses across the country. The stupendous success of Ship of Theseus has made this approach desirable for other independent filmmakers. Now, for the first time ever, an Indian film is being »
- Pooja Rao
Actor Sohum Shah and Director Anand Gandhi's Ship Of Theseus is ready to set sail to foreign shores, and this time there's an international star who is steering the ship.Film personalities have been getting involved with independent films as presenters for quite some time in Hollywood. The trend has seen filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese presenting films like Chungking Express, Hostel, and The Grandmaster.Kiran Rao had seen Ship Of Theseus at a film fes »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Cinema & Shutdown: What the Library of Congress Teaches Us About Public Life” — Kyle Westphal at the Northwest Chicago Film Society deftly details the monuments that don’t make for a great hypocritical photo op. “How Wong Kar-wai turned 22 seconds into an eternity” — Mike D’Angelo at The Dissolve loses his mind over a masterful half-minute of Chungking Express. »
- Scott Beggs
As one monthly theme begins, another ends. The former is, of course, Sound on Sight’s monthlong dedication to all films that scare, terrify, or spook us in conjunction with October being the scariest month of the year. (That’s a scientific fact, folks.) The latter is our look at the works of Wong Kar-Wai, inspired by his latest film, The Grandmaster. Though September’s just now ended, a handful of your intrepid Sound on Sight contributors, as well as our benevolent editor-in-chief/overlord, came together to vote on Wong Kar-Wai’s best films, his worst, and everything in between. What follows are capsule reviews of each of his films, listed in order based on the Sound on Sight’s staffwide vote. What’s our favorite Wong Kar-Wai film? Well, read on through the entire list, and you’ll find out. Enjoy!
Stylistically at odds with itself, »
- Josh Spiegel
Karl Siemon is a Dp you've almost heard of thanks to a "little" movie called Saw, but if you're a serious cult film fan, you should know him well thanks to an Aussie horror film entitled Razor Eaters (2003).
Now Siemon is handling the cinematography for actor/director Leslie Simpson's first-time outing, Grandpa, and the results are chilling. Dread Central recently had the opportunity to do an email interview with the in-demand Dp while he was shooting a film in Sydney, Australia, and the results are both fascinating and funny.
Dread Central: Hello, Karl. and thank you for taking time to chat with us about Leslie Simpson's short film Grandpa. First off, would you mind telling us a bit about yourself? Your background, where you received your film training, etc.?
Karl Siemon: Cinematography is everything I love about the arts put together: writing, painting, light, color, drama, music. »
This week we've got a crazy theory about Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster that we'd like to float by you, after David watched the original cut, hated it, then watched the American cut (now opening in theaters) and really hated it, then decided the original cut was a masterpiece. How did this happen? Is the new movie from the director of In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express worth your time? Find out as we review The Grandmaster, and also pick your answers to our lightning round question about the best thing you did this summer. To listen to Tuesday's main episode click here. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow the show (@opkino), Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and Katey (@kateyrich) on Twitter. We also welcome your feedback--and there are lots of »
Written by Wong Kar-Wai
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
Hong Kong and China, 2013
It’s almost impossible to consider the U.S. cut of The Grandmaster without wondering what’s been lost, to the point of regretting that either Harvey Weinstein or director Wong Kar-Wai (depending on which story you read) doesn’t trust American audiences to pick up on simple nuances, character titles and motivations, and historical context. One character, late in the film, discusses the idea of regrets, and that life wouldn’t be worth living without harboring a few. Perhaps, then, it’s fitting that The Grandmaster, or the shortened version being released this weekend in North America, may be a beautiful elegy to the past that never stops letting its audience know that a fuller cut exists, giving them their own regret to harbor.
Based on a true story, The Grandmaster focuses on Ip Man »
- Josh Spiegel
Scott Foundas: And so another summer movie season comes to an end, with both a bang (in terms of record-breaking box office) and the collective whimpers of ousted executives and even an entire studio placed on and off the chopping block by hedge fund managers. Indeed, the behind-the-scenes drama at Sony — complete with third-act cameo by George Clooney in Norma Rae mode — would have made for a better movie called “Paranoia” than the one that will already have vacated multiplexes by the time you’re reading this.
Certainly, in terms of original ideas at the movies, this summer was more of a winter of discontent, with so many sequels, remakes and reboots that, on any number of weeks, fully half of the films in the box-office top 10 had some kind of number in their titles. This isn’t always a bad thing: two of my favorite movies of the season, »
- Scott Foundas
Wong Kar-Wai has made multiple legitimate masterpieces, from breakthrough films in the early 90s like Chungking Express to the heartbreaking romance In The Mood For Love to the futuristic sci-fi saga 2046. Any new movie he releases is therefore a major event, which is why we're so excited to see The Grandmaster coming to theaters this weekend. Wong reunites with Tony Leung, who starred in In the Mood and 2046 as well as familiar films like Lust, Caution and Infernal Affairs, for a wide-ranging, sort-of biopic about Ip Man, the legendary kung fu master who taught Bruce Lee. But if you think The Grandmaster is a typical biopic you obviously don't know Wong, who in the film infuses even the most average moment-- a button placed on a table, for example-- with stunning beauty. You have to see The Grandmaster for yourself to really understand it, but to get an idea of »
Hello, streamers! Our picks for this week should prove to be nostalgic and contemporary, reflective and forward thinking, a look to the inspirational works of the past with a glance at what they've rendered since. Two films debuting in theaters are also new to VOD, while the release of Destin Cretton's much hailed "Short Term 12" encouraged us to take a look at his last feature. And with the opening of Wong Kar-wai's tenth feature film this weekend, we decided to feature the Chinese director quite prominently: some works—"Happy Together," "In the Mood for Love," and "Chungking Express"—are already well known, so we're offering a curated assortment from his early days of writing and directing that you may be a little less familiar with. The Criterion Collection's special presentation of remastered films (care of Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation) on Hulu deserves similar attention, and »
- Emma Bernstein
If you're not deep into martial arts cinema, you might have walked by the various movies titled "Ip Man" on the DVD shelves and mistaken them for Chinese or Japanese sci-fi or fantasy.
But the legendary Ip Man (also spelled Yip Man) is no invention of screenwriters. He's a famous figure in Chinese martial arts, guardian of several martial arts styles and the man who taught Bruce Lee his chops.
"The Grandmaster" is the latest version of his life to make it onto the screen, a regal, majestic and downright arty take on this teacher, champion and philosopher whose life spanned much of the 20th century. Co-writer/director Wong Kar Wai ("Chungking Express," "In the Mood for Love") goes for stately in this slow-moving action epic, sometimes at the expense of coherence and always in preference to pacing.
It's been six long years since a new Wong Kar-Wai movie graced cinema screens. The notoriously patient director behind "Chungking Express" and "In the Mood for Love" is back with "The Grandmaster," the biographical tale of Ip Man (also known as Yip Man), a true life historical figure (played in the film by the always brilliant Tony Leung) and martial arts wizard who would go on to train some kid called Bruce Lee. Harkening back to the director's earlier films, while adding a new level of expert technical precision, "The Grandmaster" is for any fan of kung fu or a devotee of Kar-Wai's work. It's in turns epic and gorgeous, a movie that demands to be seen, just for its visual opulence, and then discussed at length afterwards. We got a chance to do just that with Wong himself, who talked about the film's somewhat tortured production, why he decided to tell this story, »
- Drew Taylor
The wait for Wong Kar-wai's “The Grandmaster” is nearly over. The film is opening this Friday, having been out in some parts of the world for the best part of a year. And while you watch those last few hours count down, you can continue to indulge in our look back at the great Hong Kong director's career. We have this all-consuming retrospective, and this documentary about the making of "Chungking Express" from a few weeks back, and now one more for you, a similar documentary about the making of 2000's “In The Mood For Love,” probably Wong's best-known and most acclaimed picture. This half-hour show from Wong's native land features contributions from him and the film's stars, the ultra-slick Tony Leung and the luminous Maggie Cheung. We recently called the film “a flat-out modern masterpiece” and it is one of very few from the present century to feature »
- Ben Brock
With his 10th feature (his first original one since 2007) Won Kar Wai (Chungking Express, Happy Together, In The Mood For Love) mines the generation-spanning heritage of martial arts cinema by bringing us the tale of the kung fu innovator and Wing Chun grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee. The Grandmaster traces the rise of Ip Man (Tony Leung) in phases from the 1930s to the 1950s.
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Last month, I had the rare honor of conducting a half-hour interview with Wong Kar-wai, the writer-director whose films over the past quarter-century -- including As Tears Go By (1988), Days of Being Wild (1990), Chungking Express (1994), Ashes of Time (1994), Happy Together (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000) and 2046 (2004) -- helped to usher in the immensely influential Hong Kong New Wave and earned him a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the world. The night before, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has not always embraced international films
- Scott Feinberg
The amazing thing about martial arts films is that you can never watch too many and will always leave wanting more.
This week, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love," "Chungking Express") dabbles in martial arts for the first time with "The Grandmaster." Telling the true story of Ip Man, the grandmaster of the Wing Chun style and teacher of Bruce Lee, the film features famous fights by some of the biggest martial arts legends in history.
The genre itself has seen many variations and styles over the years, from Bruce Lee's animalistic cries to Jackie Chan's slapstick kung fu. In honor of "The Grandmaster," we picked 12 of our favorite epic martial arts fight scenes.
- Erin Whitney
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese is lending his support to the upcoming Weinstein Company release of The Grandmaster, the film directed by Wong Kar Wai. Scorsese will lend his name in presentation of the kung fu film, and above the line it will read Martin Scorsese Presents The Grandmaster when TWC releases the film theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on August 23 and nationwide on August 30. Wong has directed such films as Chungking Express, 2046 and My Blueberry Nights, and The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Chang Chen and is executive produced by Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison. The film opened the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. “Wong Kar Wai has turned martial arts into a modern dance,” Scorsese said. “Every movement hit with precision, every emotion drenched with underlying honor. The Grandmaster, arranged with both elegance and fury, left me mesmerized.” Said Wong: “Marty has always been a great inspiration. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Today on Reader Spotlight we're talking to the very talented Santy Calalay from The Philippines whose interview was lost in my inbox for months. Sorry Santy! Without further ado... here he is with "the only Oscar winner I know"
Tfe: Do you remember your first movie?
Santy: It was either one of three Disney movies: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty or Bambi. That or it was a Filipino film from the 70's where my father played the bad guy. Haha. My most vivid childhood memory regarding movies though is with Ghost. My mother loved watching that when it came out but she would never watch it alone. My sister and I were only 6 and 8 at the time so when That Scene as we called it (clay. hands. white shirt. need I type more?) came up, my mother »
- NATHANIEL R
At one point in Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster,” the Chinese kung fu legend known as Ip Man is confronted by an arrogant upstart who seeks to engage him in combat. Ip Man accepts, but not before inquiring as to whether the young man has eaten lunch yet. He has, in fact — rice and barbecued pork. Big mistake.
The brief slapstick episode that follows is not only the funniest moment in this lyrical and kinetic martial-arts drama, but also one of the numerous true stories Wong came across while researching Ip Man’s life firsthand. It’s a welcome reminder that although the Hong Kong auteur may be the cinema’s pre-eminent poet of romantic longing, even his celebrated arthouse weepies, such as “Happy Together” and “In the Mood for Love,” have their undercurrents of humor.
“I’m not a very serious person,” Wong chuckles, sitting down at the »
- Justin Chang
From the classic Wu Xia movies to the martial arts brilliance of Bruce Lee to the action extravaganzas of John Woo to the extraordinary aesthetics of Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong has produced some of the best and most exciting movies of the last 50 years. Hong Kong movies can be typified by their energy and bombast, because whether it’s a musical or action movie, the pictures are impossibly lively. Despite being a small country with a tiny population, Hong Kong always seems to leave an impact on cinema and has produced great directors such as Wong Kar-Wai, John Woo, Peter Chan, Stanley Kwan, Johnnie To and Tsui Hark. It’s testament to the strength of Hong Kong cinema that films from To, Kwan and Hark don’t feature on this list. And whilst this list is very Wong Kar-Wai heavy, that says more about the great auteur rather than Hong »
- Sam Moore
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