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Watch: 30-Minute Making Of Documentary On 'In The Mood For Love' Plus New 'The Grandmaster' Featurette

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 20, 2013 2:42 PM
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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.

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: New Trailer For 'The Grandmaster' Scored To Song From 'Man With The Iron Fists' For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 7:57 PM
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They tried bringing Wong Kar-wai to Comic-Con, and they even issued a comic book based on the movie, but it seems The Weinstein Company can't whip up enough excitement for Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster." So now, they're just hoping RZA can do the heavy lifting because everyone likes hip hop and he's a big martial arts fan... or something...

Watch: 75-Minute 1991 Doc 'The Scorsese Machine'; Filmmaker To Present Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 6:17 PM
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There are filmmakers whose fame has elevated itself to a certifiable brand, but Martin Scorsese is one of them. The filmmaker is an American institution, but he's not above using his famous moniker to help draw some extra heat for movies that might need a little boost, whether they be from famous pals (Scorsese gets an executive producer tag on Robert De Niro's upcoming "The Family"), filmmakers he's borrowed from (he's producing "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau's "Revenge Of The Green Dragons") or international movies that need some love (he presented Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah"). And now he's set to do it again.

'The Grandmaster' Talks: Watch 30-Minute Interview With Wong Kar-wai & Conversation With ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 10:17 AM
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While he may give off the impression of an artist who works in secrecy and mystery, shrouding this projects and process with an impenetrable veil, it would appear that Wong Kar-Wai has no problem opening up. Hell, the man braved the world of Comic-Con last month to help promote his forthcoming "The Grandmaster," and with movie now due for release in a few weeks, he's doing the press rounds in the United States. And it is resulting in some pretty fascinating stuff from the director.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Grandmaster' Tracks The Rise Of A Legend & Tries To Make You Forget It Has Subtitles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 1:01 PM
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Wong Kar-Wai's arthouse martial arts biopic (new genre?) arrives in American theatres next month but it would seem that The Weinstein Company would prefer if you didn't remember that this one is in a foreign language (gasp!). A brand new trailer features the most voiceover we've heard in ages, cuts together a lot of footage -- a lot of it new -- and highlights the kicks and punches. But as for that stuff like acting and plot? Nah, that's for the birds....

U.S. Poster For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Plus 3-Minute VFX Reel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 10:19 AM
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Listen, we understand that foreign language films need to be marketed to U.S. audiences, but we're sure a better tagline for Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" could've been created. Because, "Once Upon A Time In Kung Fu"? Really? Though, yeah, working Bruce Lee's name onto the domestic poster for Wong Kar-Wai's stylized martial arts flick is pretty savvy. So one point added, and one point deducted.

New Photos Of Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 11:10 AM
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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.

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?

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster,' Eli Roth Horror 'Aftershock,' Michael Cera Indie 'Crystal Fairy' Set Summer Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2013 1:27 PM
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Oh, so you think you have your summer movie watching schedule all mapped out? Well, prepare to make some adjustments as the arthouse near you is changing up the game.

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