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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.

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?

Watch: New French Spot For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Highlights 4 Fighting Styles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2013 1:58 PM
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Oh snap, kinda forgot about this one. With Wong Kar-Wai's long awaited marital arts epic now having premiered and playing in international release, we're just patiently waiting a stateside release date for the movie from The Weinstein Company. So until that happens, we'll just have to be content with advertising from overseas.

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

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.

Wong Kar-Wai Says Cuts To 'The Grandmaster' For International Release Are Minor, Done For Clarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 5:16 PM
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We have to admit, we took a bit of a pause when it was revealed over the weekend that Wong Kar-Wai had snipped fifteen minutes from "The Grandmaster" as he prepped the movie for its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival tomorrow. Was it pressure from distributors? A director who has worked on this movie for years who doesn't know when to stop? As it turns out, the real reason for the cuts is something far more banal.

Wong Kar-Wai Considering 'The Grandmaster' Sequel, Film Shortened By 15 Minutes For International Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 2:11 PM
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While Wong Kar-Wai's films have by and large been critically acclaimed, and beloved among cinephiles, they haven't exactly broken down the doors at the box office. But that seems to be changing with "The Grandmaster." The picture, which is now open in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, is reportedly his most commercially successful effort yet. And it looks like the helmer may continue the saga of Ip Man.

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.

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Delayed Until 2013, But Some New Posters Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2012 9:21 AM
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About three weeks away from its slated December 18th release date in China, Wong Kar-Wai has gone ahead and pulled a Wong Kar-Wai, and once again "The Grandmaster" is delayed.

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.

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