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Plot76% Acting79% Directing73% Music71%Some very interesting segments, both action-wise and story-wise.Never quite reaches its full potential. 75%Overall Score Reader Rating: (4 Votes)91%Horizontal Vs Vertical
“The Grandmaster” ( or “The Grandmasters” depending on your location ) is director Kar Wai Wong‘s first attempt at the kung-fu genre. His most notable successes have mostly been about the pain of lost romance ( “My Blueberry Nights“, “2046” and “In The Mood For Love” instantly come to mind ) so it’s no surprise that “Yi Dai Zong Shi” is a mixed bag of good and bad.
The story spans a few decades, starting in the early 1930′s. The premise of the movie is simple enough:Gong Yutian ( Qingxiang Wang ), a renowned master of China’s Southern and Northern styles of martial arts, comes to town to celebrate his eventual retirement. It’s at the Golden Pavilion, the number one brothel in the region, that he decides to make the big announcement. »
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
Wong Kar Wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster, stars Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang and kicks into retail on November 26, 2013 for an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD. Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of The Grandmaster from writer and director Wong Kar Wai (Happy Together, In The Mood For Love And My Blueberry Nights). Presented by Martin Scorsese, The Grandmaster was recently selected as Hong Kong's submission in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards®. From acclaimed director/writer Wong Kar Wai comes an epic tale inspired by the life of the warrior hero who taught Bruce Lee. Asian superstar Tony Leung (In The Mood For Love) portrays legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man, who survived »
- Pietro Filipponi
It's hard to believe, but the last time we saw Natalie Portman on the big screen was in "Thor," and the next time we'll see her on the big screen is in the sequel this fall. And while she has a small handful of movies in the bank on the way, including two with Terrence Malick as well as the western "Jane Got a Gun," another project has emerged and made its way online. Entitled "Illusions & Mirrors," this newly released two-minute short was directed by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, and according to a Natalie Portman fansite, is a small segment of a longer 10-minute effort the duo are collaborating on for Dior called "Through The Abyss" that will debut later this year. Anyway, this mini-version was created for the Vienna International Film Festival and features Portman walking around a beach and meeting a few mysterious people. And that's it. But lensed by Darius Khondji, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our series continues with a look at Wong Kar-wai's martial arts epic, Hong Kong's representative in the race
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This year's …
Hero. Lush, audience-friendly martial arts epic, likely to be as appealing to western tastes as eastern.
What's it all about?
A two-hour-plus treatment of the complicated life of Ip Man, wing chun master and legendary teacher, who died in 1972 aged 79. Apart from his own accomplishments, Ip gained posthumous renown after one of his students, Bruce Lee, achieved worldwide fame as a film actor. With Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in the lead role, The Grandmaster covers his tumultuous early life, against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, up until his death. It's full of elaborate, emotionally charged confrontations with Ip's challenger Gong Er (played by Zhang Ziyi).
How did it happen?
After the 2007 fiasco that was My Blueberry Nights, »
- Andrew Pulver
Hong Kong – Director Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster has been selected to be Hong Kong's representative in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards, the Federation of Motion Film Producers announced on Monday. Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Infernal Affairs, Lust, Caution) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; My Lucky Star), The Grandmaster was screened in Los Angeles during a special salute to Wong -- whose other credits include Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and My Blueberry Nights -- by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on July 22. Photos: 100 Oscars
- Karen Chu
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
2046 was the first movie I had seen from director Wong Kar Wai. It was gorgeously shot, epic in it’s scope and turned me into a fan right away. His next movie, My Blueberry Nights, a much smaller film than 2046, wasn’t that great. But it was then that I went back and saw his back catalogue of films like Chunking Express and In the Mood for Love, etc. Those films only reiterated why I liked Kai and his style so much. But I have to admit, when I started seeing trailers for his newest movie The Grandmaster, I wasn’t exactly pumped for what I might see. Maybe it was, for whatever odd reason, I felt the trailers looked too much like a mash up between The Matrix and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but I hesitant… »
- Craig Dietz
"The Grandmaster" -- already Wong Kar-wai's highest grossing film at the Chinese box office -- hit U.S. theaters this weekend care of Mr. Harvey Weinstein (in a version 22 minutes shorter than what China got), and got off to a very respectable start. In 7 theaters, the film grossed $132,259 for a $18,894 average -- the highest average of any film in release, wide or limited. The film is Wong's first release since his 2007 English language film "My Blueberry Nights," which The Weinstein Company also released. That film averaged a so-so $12,357 from 6 theaters (especially given it wasn't in a foreign language and starred the somewhat marketable likes of Norah Jones, Jude Law and Natalie Portman) and ended up with $867,275. That was below 2001's "In The Mood For Love" ($2,738,980) and 2004's "2046" ($1,444,588). The opening of "The Grandmaster" is promising enough to suggest it could end up with a gross at least in between those two films. »
- Peter Knegt
Wong Kar-wai’s kung-fu movie begins with an elaborate, very impressive fight between Ip Man (Tony Leung) and a small army of unnamed opponents, who come at him with the same relentlessness as the rain that thunders down on them. The kicking and the punching is predictably intense, but the scene, presented without context or setup, feels less like combat and more like an aesthetic statement of principles. As we watch the droplets of water spinning off the brim of Ip Man’s white hat in exquisite slow motion, the shadowy forms of the fighters conjoining and separating amid the backlit curtains of rain, the dancerly grace of the camera moves and the cutting, it's hard not to feel that with this, Wong’s first feature since 2007’s misbegotten My Blueberry Nights, a dear old friend is finally back in the room.Wong Kar-wai isn't known for making martial arts »
- Bilge Ebiri
Vertical Flow: Style Vs. Substance Vs. Wong Kar Wai
Sporting a lusty gestational period of something like sixteen years and taking nearly six years to bring to screen including extensive martial arts training for its myriad of performers, Wong Kar Wai makes a much anticipated return with The Grandmaster, a kinda sorta biopic on the legendary Ip Man, the famed mentor of Bruce Lee. A follow-up to his poorly received 2007 English language debut, My Blueberry Nights, Wong takes great pains to avoid the formulaic route of the biopic, a refreshing choice considering a splotch of films about the famed martial arts artist have bowed since he began filming his. The result, unfortunately, is a bit uneven, and those who know little of Ip Man going into the film will know about as much coming out. Instead, Wong has crafted a stunning spectacle, a film that employs some of the most »
- Nicholas Bell
Perhaps the best way to describe Shanghai-born, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai is as a fetishist of romance. Throughout his entire career, which spans four decades of filmmaking, the director has manifested his obsessive preoccupation with details and minutiae time and again; the little fleeting moments and impressions that that add up to a mood. “I’ve never worked with someone who’s put so much emphasis on a single moment,” Jude Law said in a New York Times interview in 2008, describing an entire night of shooting devoted to different angles and set-ups on a kiss within “My Blueberry Nights.” But the absolute focus on the smoking of a cigarette, a furtive glance, a kiss, the application of make-up or the fixing of a perfectly coiffed beehive is never unmoored to an emotion: there is a purpose to everything, even if that purpose is rarely straight-up storytelling in the classic Hollywood sense. »
- The Playlist Staff
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
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
Discussing his new film "The Grandmaster" at the Academy on July 22, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai ("2046," "My Blueberry Nights," "In the Mood for Love") described the alchemy of image and sound in cinema: "It isn't one plus one. It's chemistry." This chemistry is on breathtaking, ravishing display in "The Grandmaster," a period piece set in China from the 1930s through the early 1950s, starring Tony Leung as the titular grandmaster Ip Man, who would go on to train Bruce Lee, and Zhang Ziyi as a fellow kung fu expert to match Ip's skill. The fight sequences -- which occupy well over half of the film's running time -- are dazzling both in action and stylistic terms, with a gorgeously melodramatic score heightening the wistful yet impossible romance that builds between the two main characters. The clunky biopic aspects of the film only momentarily deter from what is bound to be »
- Beth Hanna
If the trailer for The Grandmaster feels at all familiar, then you’ve probably seen Ip Man, Wilson Yip’s 2008 kung fu dramatization about the life of the martial artist who trained Bruce Lee; at first blush, The Grandmaster appears to follow the same blueprint as Ip Man. The major difference, though, is that Wong Kar-wai is steering the ship, and as good as Ip Man is, Wilson Yip is no Wong Kar-wai as far as color palettes, composition, and cinematography are concerned.
One of China’s most celebrated filmmakers, Wong hasn’t made a feature since 2007′s My Blueberry Nights made a quiet debut on the world stage before being more or less forgotten. (A shame, since it’s actually quite good.) That makes the imminent arrival of The Grandmaster all the more exciting, even if seeing Wong work on a martial arts picture may strike ...
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- Andrew Crump
Along with the post-screening Q&A’s and “Carte Blanche” series, Borderline Films’ Josh Mond, Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin (with often collaborator Brady Corbet pitching in) kept on giving, with the fest holding what they call a Kviff Talks session with the foursome. In the festival video below you can get a timeline for how they got together before they started the creative process, and how they went about producing films such as Afterschool and Martha Marcy May Marlene, and fielded some Q’s from the public.
Though the Karlovy Vary program is indeed filled with a plethora of Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes preemed items, much of my focus was on the Berlin film festival titles (as it’s not part of my film fest flight plan). Before even considering the Golden Bear winner (also showing), the biggie title was Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster. While somewhat thin »
- Eric Lavallee
After the tepid reaction to his last film, "My Blueberry Nights," it's no surprise that Wong Kar-Wai chose not to hold his latest "The Grandmaster" for Cannes. Instead, the auteur released the film at home in China and Hong Kong at the very end of last year, before giving the picture its international premiere at Berlin back in February. From our own reaction there, and many others, there's much to like about the film, but it doesn't quite match up to Wong's previous highlights like "Chungking Express" or "In The Mood For Love," or indeed the impossible expectations caused by its extended, multi-year production. But still, given the martial arts elements of the film, Harvey Weinstein is still hoping that the film can prove to be something of a crossover hit, and a brace of new images from the film helps to highlight why; a cast including Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The 12-day Cannes gathering is actually four events in one: the festival, the market, the media binge and an international schmooze-a-palooza, where people from the other three groups can meet with colleagues.
There is one hallowed tradition that caters to all four needs: The Cannes party.
These events are often tied to a film’s global launch, but there is no correlation between the success of a film and the success of its fete.
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On the other hand, it’s »
- Timothy M. Gray
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the French have long been head over heels for Wong Kar Wai's signature blend of Nouvelle Vague playfulness, melancholy and culture-specific subject-matter. But the country has gone ahead and confirmed it again anyway, having just given the director the highest cultural honor in France, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. This award comes after he was made a Knight in France's Legion of Honor in 2006, so apparently not even My Blueberry Nights diminished his standing in the eyes of the French Ministry of Culture. The award of Commander is the highest honor awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, topping the arts and letters hierarchy just above Officer and Knight. Meanwhile, The Grandmaster is entering its...
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The martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's first feature since the disastrous "My Blueberry Nights" in 2007, finally has a proper Us trailer but still no official release date. Though early reviews have been mixed, The Weinstein Company snagged all North American rights to the Ip Man biopic when it opened Berlin in February (read Toh's take here). The film stars seasoned Wong regular Tony Leung as the eponymous master, and boasts grand-scale special effects uncharacteristic of the Hong Kong auteur whose films include moody character studies such as "In the Mood for Love" and "Chungking Express." Read about a master class Wong Kar-wai delivered in Hong Kong here and check out three making-of featurettes; the trailer is below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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