The most interesting and informative of the new material is the documentary “The Road To The Grandmaster”, which is sadly only available in untranslated Cantonese. The documentary, which apparently covers the research that went into the film, contains a lot of interviews and demonstrations with what we assume are either old martial arts masters or disciples of Ip Man (played by Tony Leung in the film) and visits to various locations (Ip Man’s old haunts?). So unless one of our Chinese readers are kind enough to provide translations for the entire 18 minutes of the video, it seems we’re stuck with trying to use non-verbal cues to understand what’s going on. We'll make the most of it.
What doesn’t need translation is the new striking and powerful poster from the film. Also awesome is the English tagline: “In martial arts there is no right or wrong; only the last man standing.” Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster” hits theaters in China on December 18th, with news of a release in the Western world hopefully imminent. [FirstShowing/Wongkarwai]