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Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood,' Christophe Gans' 'Beauty & The Beast' & More Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 7:55 AM
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Beauty & The Beast
With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, it will be the first stop for many films on the 2014 festival circuit as they pick up steam before eventual awards season runs, theatrical releases or both. And as Park City gets ready to kick things off stateside, over at the Berlin Film Festival, they are gearing up to roll out the red carpet for international audiences next month.

Interview: Wong Kar-Wai Talks Kung Fu, The Different 'The Grandmaster' Cuts & His Favorite Directors

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 3:22 PM
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Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster
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, what's different between this version and the international cut, what it was like working with Megan Ellison and who his favorite modern filmmakers are.

Review: The U.S. Cut Of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Exquisitely crafted, as visually stunning as you’d imagine and virtuosic in its meticulously gorgeous fight choreography (which acts as a kind of throwdown to comers like the Wachowski siblings), acclaimed Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is nevertheless still an uneven and unbalanced affair that doesn’t track and cannot negotiate its various aims. Ostensibly a chronicle of the the story and struggles of Ip Man (played by longtime WKW collaborator Tony Leung), the seminal Chinese martial artist who famously taught Bruce Lee, “The Grandmaster” is both his story, and a type of martial arts history lesson concerning Ip’s self-defense-based discipline Wing Chun. But this being a Wong Kar-wai film, a moody, familiar unrequited love story with the daughter of a rival Grandmaster, Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi), also materializes to only minimally convincing (and emotional) effect. But none of these three stories add up to much of an engaging experience, outside of relishing the action sequences and admiring the elegance of the aesthetic drapes as it were.

Watch: First U.S. Trailer For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Features Hilariously Awful Car Commercial Voiceover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 6:06 PM
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Listen trailer-makers. We get it. Movies in a foreign language are a tough sell the minute you throw subtitles up on the screen. In North America (so their marketing bods tell them), it's likely nine tenths of viewers will tune out at the first sight of a subtitle. But working with an auteur the level of Wong Kar-Wai, an acknowledged master of cinema with a huge and dedicated fan base (many of whom have been waiting years for a new WKW joint), surely The Weinstein Company could have come up with something better than this?

Berlin Review: Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Is Occasionally Mesmerizing, Mostly Muddled

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 7, 2013 2:05 PM
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Perhaps the best place to begin a review of Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” is at the end -- or a few minutes after. An epilogue of sorts, which happens suddenly and far enough into the credits that maybe half the audience was watching it from the stairs, serves as a pretty representative microcosm of everything that is right about the film, and everything that is not.

Rough Cut Of 'The Grandmaster' Ran 4 Hours, First Review Says It Has "Gorgeous" Martial Arts Sequences

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 9, 2013 2:31 PM
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For fans of a certain genre of cinema, Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” (the director’s first feature since 2007’s “My Blueberry Nights”) may be one of the most anticipated films of the year. The auteur’s long-gestating biopic of Wing Chun pioneer Ip Man, famous for training Bruce Lee, premiered in Hong Kong over the last few days, and in addition to an early review dropping, some more details about the film have also been revealed.

New Images Of Tony Leung In Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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You've already seen it on our list of the 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2013, and now here's a closer look at Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," his long-awaited new feature, and his first in six years since 2007's English-language venture, "My Blueberry Nights."

3 New Images From Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 10:25 AM
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The next month or so is going to be a good time to be a Wong Kar-Wai fan. The director's long awaited "The Grandmasters" is finally headed to theaters in China, which means that in addition to the newly released trailer, we're likely going to see a lot more promo material for the movie, with three new images leading the charge..

Watch: Deleted Scene Shows A Goofier 'In The Mood For Love' That Wong Kar-Wai Totally Discarded & Reshot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2012 3:24 PM
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There are few films that capture that indescribable feeling of attraction, love and loss the way that "In the Mood for Love" does. But then again, there are few filmmakers like Wong Kar-Wai. A director who moves at his own unique pace and delivers films that try to capture specific and ephemeral tones and feelings, one might think he has an exact idea of what he wants when he gets behind the camera. But as you'll see below in this deleted scene from the movie, that's not really the case.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel: Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Gets December 18th Chinese Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 17, 2012 6:53 AM
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It's five years since the last film from the great Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai. It's eight since his last Chinese-language film, "2046." And depending on your tolerance for the latter, it's twelve since his last great film, "In The Mood For Love." But Kar-Wai has such a hugely impressive body of work behind him -- from "Ashes Of Time" to "Chungking Express" -- that anything he does will have a fever-pitch of anticipation behind it, and that only seems to get greater the longer he takes with his latest project, "The Grandmaster."

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